Saturday 27th August at Blyth (Hosted by Blyth Snowtown)
Match Between RSMU v BSR
Throughout the year RSMU has been the stronger outfit and has taken both the wins when these two teams have come up against each other. But BSR hasn’t yet faced RSMU with their whole team which is exciting. The first round was an even fought contest with RSMU girls really stepping up to take the win. The second-round BSR were unfortunately very undermanned and didn’t show a true representative of the close competition between the sides.
BSR are a strong and dominant team across the whole court with their ample full court pressure something RSMU will have to find a way through.
However, RSMU have really settled into their positions and roles on court, lifting the intensity and execution each game. They are a mature playing group who know what they must do on court and are ready to play finals netball.
Key match ups...
Bec Moyne and Kerry Heinrich in the middle will be a great contest. Bec is an exceptional force and presence on the court for the Tigers and keeping her away from the ball as much as possible is a big job and one Kerry will put 100% effort into.
Sophie Griffiths and Anna-Grace Close in the circle will be a fresh and never seen yet match up. One to see with height and agility key in both their games.
RSMU has a very strong midcourt so stopping their drive will be vital for BSR. BSR’s dynamic attack line will need to capitalise on any opportunity. This will be a very interesting game to watch as both teams have lots of talent.
RSMU by 5
Match Between Min Man v Eudunda/Robertstown
Min Man’s youth and speed on court will make for a competitive game against Saints’ more experienced mid court players. Although losing both games the Saints are starting to hit their straps so it will certainly be one to watch. Whoever can capitalise and convert their goals will take the win on the day.
It will be a tightly contested and physical game with great tussles all the way down the court. With two close games in the past, Min Man have snuck in to get the win on both occasions. A match up to watch will be with the Saints young defender Olivia Schiller and Min Man’s goalie Kimberley Mitchell with each challenging the other for height and intensity.
MinMan by 8
Match Between North Clare v Blyth /Snowtown
The B1 competition has been tight all year, with only a few goals separating the top four teams each time they played. Cats and North have had one win each throughout the year and this will no doubt be another exciting match. North's accurate goalies give the Cats limited opportunities and with Maddy Hill in defence are a formidable team. Blyth Snowtown with have the experience of sisters Elise Honner and Cherie Stirling through the centre looking for their tall goalies. Certain to be a tight fought game which could go either way. Other key players include the tall timbers of Donna Stewart and Jess Cullen. Sam Twamley and Dani Panoho in the mid court is always a great tussle for the ball. Jo Salter and Reni Scott down North’s end will be a tough match up as they both move well around the circle however Kristen Allchurch for BS is also very accurate in goals. It is going to be a very exciting match with these two teams always being very competitive and fighting for that first grand final spot.
North Clare by 3
Match Between North Clare v Blyth/Snowtown
These teams come into this final with one win each. Blyth Snowtown goalies Nicola Ross and Charlotte Jacka provide accurate shooting and strong positioning and will test North’s defence. The centre court will see a great contest between Yana Zanette (North) and Bernie Altman (Blyth Snowtown). North’s goalies Sophie McLennan and Keely Pearce will need to beat their best against Blyth/Snowtown’s strong defensive line -up in Sophie Weaver and Kayla Freebairn. This game will come down to who has the determination to continue deeper into their finals campaign. Blyth/Snowtown had a slow start to the seasons losing their first three games but have come home strongly leading into finals. North Clare have been top all year, and will be hard to beat with Rachel Pearce in defence and the unstoppable height of Sophie McLeanan. Expect a highly skilled match between these regular finals contenders.
North Clare by 10
Match Between Min Man v North Clare
This game is sure to be close with Min Man just edging in front by a goal in the dying minutes of the last quarter during their last encounter. Min Man have been the ones to beat all year but North have a point to prove. Both teams have strong players at both ends of the court with Chelsea Couch bound to pick off any feeds in the air and Carly Marshall to apply tight pressure to the Min Man goalies. It will be a game of goalies – Laura Willmott from Min Man vs North defenders. Min Mans WA Rachel Oehme provides great drive and shows composure. Chelsea Couch in defence is tough to pass past in the ring.
North need to have a strong start to make sure they can take it up to Min Man for four quarters, the undefeated team for this year.
Min Man by 6
Match Between BBH v Min Man
Both times this season these teams have met, BBH have come away with the win with the second game being closer in score. Lauren Donhardt in goals will be hard to stop and the BBH defence will have their work cut out coming up against Olive Charnstrom and Tyla Quick. Both teams are evenly matched, and this could be anyone’s game.
The team that settles and makes the most of their opportunities throughout the game will take the win. But Min Man will need strong defence and movement around the circle to limit BBH goal shooters opportunities, and slowdown their fast movement down the court
MinMan by 2
Match Between Eudunda/Robertstown v RSMU
With Saints and RSMU both on one win each against each other the pressure is on. Both teams will have to bring out their best game to defeat the other. It will be a good contest between Maddie Przibilla in goals for RSMU, and Matilda O'Brien in defence for Saints. It will also be a great tussle between Indianna Kimlin (RSMU) and Regan Mosey ( Saints) in the mid court. The winner of this game will have confidence going into the grand final match. Saturday’s game will be tough, physical and a great display of skills. The team that consistently puts pressure on over the ball and capitalises on turn overs will come out the winner. Accurate shooting will be a must for both ends with defence being tall on both sides. Both previous games have been won by each side just over ten goals, but this game may be much closer.
RSMU by 8
Match Between South Clare v BBH
This game promises to be a great hit out with both teams battling hard, hungry to go straight through to the grand final. South Clare have played some quality netball throughout the season and worked hard to finish undefeated minor premiers. However, BBH who will go into the match as the underdogs, cannot be underestimated having only lost three games for the season and have convincinglywontheirlastfourgamesinarow. South Clare’s Emma Slattery will need to be shut down and BBH will need to use smart offensive play to make this happen. BBH have flexibility and options available to them in goals and will have to be ready to pivot on positional changes during the match to have a chance at a win. If BBH’s defensive end can apply the pressure that they did against Min Man in Round 14, their grit and determination could pay off in an upset
South by 10
Match Between Min Man v South Clare
South Clare know they will have to come out with something special to have any chance of an upset. With strength at both ends of the court, South will need to rely on their defensive pressure to turn over the ball and keep the team in the contest.
This game will be tight with both teams putting out strong performances throughout the season. Min Man are on top and are the ones to beat, with South hungry for a taste of glory. Min Man have strength throughout the whole court, with Amelia Duncan controlling the play throughout the centre, however Maddison Wehr is sure to cause many opportunities for her goalies from defence. This game will be won through steady play, with the team to control their play the likely winners.
MinMan by 13