16 May, 2024

Key netball matches could define seasons

Netball in round six of the Horsham District Football Netball League will be hotly contested with a few key matches that will define seasons on Saturday.

By Chris Graetz

Pimpinio's Holly Ross has been excellent in the move across from Dimboola. PHOTO: SHANE ROBERTS
Pimpinio's Holly Ross has been excellent in the move across from Dimboola. PHOTO: SHANE ROBERTS

The match of the round is between Rupanyup and Noradjuha Quantong.

Panthers' Zanaiya Bergen and Bombers' Shannon Couch are lighting the competition up forward with both in good goal-shooting form with 155 and 150 goals respectively in four games.

The intriguing contest will be in the centre between Holly Nuske and Meg Cashin, both of whom have started the year in sensational form.

Both teams play fast, electric netball and a great contest is anticipated.

The Swifts host Edenhope Apsley in what is set to be another enthralling contest between two good netball sides.

Both are sitting fifth and sixth on the ladder with three wins and with Kaniva Leeor sitting one game behind, a win here would be massive to the victors.

Speaking of Kaniva Leeor, they will look to test themselves against one of the top teams in the competition in Kalkee.

Kyle King will be looking for a four-quarter effort from her young team and with Blair Burke and Nikki Hawker both combining well up forward, they will be excited at what they can produce.

"We are hoping for a competitive match against Kalkee and we need to string four solid quarters together," King said.

"There have been plenty of times we have let things slip and we just need to maintain our momentum during games."

Pimpinio will be looking for their first win against Taylors Lake. As one of only two teams without a win for this season, to say this is an important match for the Tigers is an understatement.

Lana Ellis, Jayde Ellis and Ada Binney will look to combine well on the scoreboard whilst trying to limit the dangerous Tayla Eltze and Kayla Kelm who are in great form for the Lakers.

The Lakers, sitting on one win, need to secure victory to stay within reaching distance of the top six.

In the final match of the round, the young Harrow Balmoral team face a daunting task against Laharum.

Emily Langley's troops won't be scared however, and are excited at not only playing the best but seeing how the best go about the game and what they can learn from the match.

"It will be a good game and I have spoken to the girls about the game and how Laharum is the top of the tree and how much learning experience they will get from the match," Langley said.

"We get to play against the smartest and best players in the league and will take that opportunity to learn how not only to play against the best but also how to beat the best.

"We need to work on getting the basics right and work as a team and if we can get those little once percenters right and are consistent over four quarters, then in the long run we will start getting some wins on the board."


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