Horsham District league grand finals | B Grade netball preview

Courtney Price and the Natimuk United Ewes are aiming for an A Grade-B Grade double. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Courtney Price and the Natimuk United Ewes are aiming for an A Grade-B Grade double. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

NATIMUK United has its sights set on an A Grade-B Grade double in Horsham District netball finals on Saturday.

Ewes B Grade coach Erica Blake said the teams were aiming for a repeat of 42 years ago, when both won premierships.

She said her team also wanted to turn around last year’s grand final result; they lost to the Southern Roos by four goals. The same opponent awaits on Saturday.

The Southern Roos achieved the A-B double last year.

Blake said the Ewes were excited for the contest.

“However we are certainly not going to get ahead of ourselves. Harrow-Balmoral has taken out some teams this year that we probably weren’t expecting them to,” she said.

“It’s a revisit of last year, and we will be reminding ourselves how much it hurt then to lose.”

The two teams met once this season, with the Ewes winning by 14 goals.

Blake said the Ewes’ depth was its strongest weapon.

“A lot of our players are so versatile. The other big thing for us is that we're a really tight group of girls,” she said.

“Some of us have been playing together for more than 10 years.”

Harrow-Balmoral coach Janelle Knight said her group was confident it could win.

“The girls have been improving quarter by quarter, and that's how we approach things,” she said.

“It’s about playing a good quarter then moving on to the next one. We've taken that mentality through the finals, and it's paid off so far.”

The Southern Roos beat Kalkee and Noradjuha-Quantong – teams they did not win against in the regular season – on their way to the premiership decider.

Knight said it was important for the team to support each other and block everything else out on Saturday.

“We all have a role and if we can bring that mindset, I'm confident we can do what we need to to win,” she said.

“We've come a long way from start of the year. We lost all players bar one from last year's premiership team.

“We didn’t think at the start of the year that we would be at this point – it’s really exciting.”

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