LEAGUE-LEADERS Warrack Eagles expect another close battle against Minyip-Murtoa when top two lock-horns in the match of the round.
A blockbuster contest between two sides which know each other inside out will hit the Brim netball courts in round 12 of the Wimmera Netball Association.
The Burras currently hold the bragging rights due to the teams victory in round three against the Warrack Eagles, the Burras won 42-40.
Warrack Eagles co-coach Jane Richardson said she was without Sarah Spicer and Penny Fisher, she said the Burras didn’t have Steph Cooper in the game as well.
“Both teams weren’t at full strength but it was a tight tussle, pretty much goal-for-goal the whole way through. We got a couple goals up and they ended up coming over top of us and winning by two goals,” she said.
“It will be another game like that. Both teams are strong defensively and have accurate goal shooters, so it could come down to how the mid-court plays out.”
It was all square at quarter-time in the round three clash at 10-10, the Warrack Eagles led 23-20 at half time.
The Burras were two goals behind at the end of the third quarter 36-34 and then won with a strong final quarter 42-40.
Richardson said Spicer had been playing in mid-court occasionally after returning from a knee reconstruction.
“Having her come back has helped and she is playing through mid-court, getting some run into her legs. Sarah is a luxury to have, we also have Emma Koschitzke running in the centre,” she said.
“Emma is just super fit and is just dominating at the minute. We’ll be pretty strong, but the Burras have some good young legs too. It’ll be a battle all round I think.”
Richardson said both sides have all but settled its line-ups for 2018.
“Neither of us make too many changes week-to-week. It just means it should be a good tussle with players knowing each other pretty well,” she said.
Elsewhere in the association, Dimboola and Ararat will battle it out in what could be an interesting match-up.
The Rats have started to play slick netball in the second half of the season while the Roos will need a win if the team wanted to keep tabs on the top five.
Two struggling outfits in Nhill and Stawell will face off, the Warriors are yet to record a victory in 2018, the Tigers have won two games but were annihilated by the Warrack Eagles in round 11.
Southern Mallee Giants will play host to Horsham and Horsham Saints have a bye.