Western Border Netball Association Round 4 preview
Casterton Sandford v South Gambier
The fourth round of the Western Border netball season poses a big challenge for South Gambier. The Demons need to back up their impressive win over North Gambier on Anzac Day with a strong performance when they head to Island Park this Saturday.
The Cats will have set themselves for this clash and would be hopeful getting some game time into Madalene Cleary, on her return from an ACL and Gaby Tomkins, returning from pregnancy.
Mikayla Rice and Charlotte Rice, also showed promise as a shooting combination last round, while many though young competitors will be looking to challenge South.
They, will, however, be taking on a South line-up brimming with confidence after knocking off the Tigers.
Ellie Bouchier, in her first game for 2022, was outstanding in defence, taking home the Shirley Underwood Medal, while Ruby Richter also player her best game for 2022 on the defensive wing, picking up critical turnover ball and the shooting combination of Alyssa Duncan and Lara Munro also showed great composure.
All signs point to a Demons victory – which would be another first for the club in some time, back to back victories.
Millicent v North Gambier
North Gambier will be disappointed with losing their first Anzac Day clash in many seasons and rebounding will not be easy when they head to McLaughlin Park to take on the undefeated Saints.
But the Tigers have been a club in recent seasons that always rises to the occasion of playing the competition benchmark Saints and they will no doubt be looking to challenge again.
Caroline Wakefield is in stellar form, missing only one goal in the frenetic on Saturday and her battle with Port McRae will be one of the most pivotal of the match.
The battle in the mid court will be intriguing as Brianna Walters takes on the likes of Hannah Nitschke and Daisy Tunkin and if they do not find a way to quell the classy Tiger, Wakefield will end up with plenty of ball.
Last round, Millicent was able to withstand a strong challenge from West Gambier without their coach Donna Denton and star goaler Demi Verbena.
If they perform at the same level, they should take the points over the Tigers, who are still working out their best combination and developing the chemistry and understanding with a totally new look line-up at both ends of the court.
West Gambier v East Gambier
Having let last weekend’s clash with Millicent slip out of their grasp, West Gambier will be keen for a strong four quarter performance over reigning premiers East Gambier.
The Roos will welcome back sisters Sarah Ritter and Jade Ritter to the court, which will also help their cause.
Sarah was part of the silver medal winning South Australian 19 and Under netball team the sisters will no doubt be keen to get back to their team mates.
The shooting combination of Sarah Ritter and Lisa McGregor is arguably the best in the competition and with Mikaela Horrigan and Tara Bryant delivering the ball, the Roos frontline will test the East defensive line.
At the other end of the court, Amy Cram is coming off a best on court performance and she will be eager to resume her partnership with Jade Ritter to deny easy scoring opportunities for Sarah Lock and Amryn Bosko.
Of course, much of that will depend on the mid court pressure applied by the Roos, with Emily Hunter and Tarsh McCallum, two of the highest quality mid courters in the A Grade competition.
East will certainly enter the clash with more confidence but it is hard to see the Roos not bouncing back from their first loss of 2022.