SOME of the region’s best young netballers will take to the Horsham City Oval court for Horsham District Football Netball League grand finals on Saturday.
17 AND UNDER
Natimuk United v Harrow-Balmoral
THE game could go either way when Natimuk United meet Harrow-Balmoral in the 17 and under grand final.
The Ewes and Roos have played twice this season with both teams taking home a convincing win.
Natimuk United progressed straight to the finals after defeating the Swifts in the semi-final, 29-23.
The Ewes finished the season as minor premiers – losing only twice, to the Roos and the Swifts. The Roos finished in third.
Harrow-Balmoral coach Sammy Crick said she has a strong team of netballers coming together for the grand final after a “roller coaster” year.
“We have had girls coming in and out all season with a few girls playing A grade and travelling home from school,” she said. “But, we will have a full team of 11 at the weekend.”
Crick said the Ewes were a tough team to beat, but she expects her team’s defensive pressure and level-head would make it a tight contest.
Natimuk United coach Cheryl Sudholz said the Roos’ had good depth in their side that could be a challenge.
“We haven’t had the opportunity for our team to play in senior grades for extra experience like Harrow,” she said. “But, the girls this year have bonded as a team, which is a strength that will play to our advantage.”
15 AND UNDER
Taylors Lake v Kalkee
THE final decider between Taylors Lake and Kalkee could be anyone’s guess.
The Lakers finished second on the ladder with the Kees locked in at fourth.
The two teams played each other twice this year with both team’s coming home with a win.
Taylors Lake netball director Trudi Weir said the team remained mostly unchanged from last year, which was a strength shown throughout the season.
“The girls know how each other play and can work extremely well together,” she said. “Kalkee are very good side, however, our aim will be to put pressure on their attack right down the court.”
Kalkee coach Bek Harvey expects a tight, competitive game against the Lakers.
“They are very quick and physical, which our girls get rattled by,” she said. “We need to play our own game, at our own pace.”
Harvey said her team’s defensive pressure would play to their advantage.
“It has been a strong point all season. We get a lot of turnovers especially through the mid-court and our defensive end,” she said.
13 AND UNDER
Pimpinio v Kalkee
PIMPINIO were the standout team this season having never lost a game.
They finished the season as minor premiers and the Kees followed in second.
The teams played once this season with the Tigers defeating the Kees by nine goals.