Birds take flight for top spot

ROUND 6 PREVIEW

HATHERLEIGH V KALANGADOO

Hatherleigh is at home this week and takes on Kalangadoo in a big battle for the top spot in round 6 of the Bendigo Bank Mid South Eastern Netball Association season.

The Eagles come off a strong 10-goal win against Glencoe, while the Magpies defeated Nangwarry by almost 50 goals.

Both teams remain undefeated so far in season 2021 so this should be a cracking game.

Match-ups will be interesting as both the Eagles and the Magpies have players in brilliant form.

Jane Auld was named best for Kalangadoo and coach Jayde Peacock is always hard to beat through the centre.

Hatherleigh has Tegan Merrett and Lara McGregor in red hot form and Sarah Faulkner if she lines up after an injury on the weekend.

Youngster Lacey Haines has been good for the  Eagles in the goal circle, but will be tested this week- end against a strong Kalangadoo defence line.

The reigning premier changed things up a bit against Nangwarry by giving some juniors a run and once again showed the depth they have in their club.

Maddie Redman was also good form against Glencoe for the Eagles and will make the Magpies goalies earn their goals alongside Sarah Broadhead.

Accuracy will be a key factor of this game as it will go down to the wire.

Kalangadoo’s experience may be enough to get over the line, but expect to see Hatherleigh take it right up to the final whistle.

ROBE V GLENCOE

Robe is at home this week and Glencoe travels to take on the seasiders.

The Roosters enjoyed a good 26 goal win against Kongorong, while the Murphies went down by 10 goals to Hatherleigh.

Robe goalies Tori Gluyas and Sarah Laurie were in good form, finding space and shooting accurately.

They will likely line up against Glencoe’s Sarah Edwards and Emily Thompson who have been a good defensive duo so far this year for the Murphies.

Robe has been incredibly unlucky with injuries this year, losing many valuable A Grade players.

The latest to add to the list is club president Kim Ross who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

After playing A Grade for over two decades, this is a cruel blow for Ross and her team-mates.

Asha Petitt has stepped up to take Ross’s spot and was named in the best last weekend.

Georgia Perkins has been outstanding for the Roosters and they will be look for another big game from her to help stop the supply to Caitlin Hentschke.

Rebecca Edwards is in brilliant form for Glencoe, along with Donna Jaeschke and Ashlea Edwards to form a solid mid-court trio.

The Murphies are probably a little more settled than the injury-depleted Robe and should take the points.

NANGWARRY V PORT MACDONNELL

Nangwarry welcomes the Demons to its home courts on Saturday.

The Saints hope to bounce back after they suffered a big loss to Kalangadoo, while the Demons were trounced by Tantanoola.

Port MacDonnell is yet to win a game, while Nangwarry has only chalked up the one win against Kongorong, so both sides will be desperate for the win and hopeful of getting some points on the board.

Brooke Williams has been accurate for the Bay and if her and coach Kirby Carrison can gel well.

They will cause headaches for Hayley Vanderhorst and Carly Ploenges in defence for the Saints.

The Demons defence line of Lisa McGregor and Morgan Amy have been working well together and will likely line up against Cassie Dinnison and Ange Pratt who have played some good passages of play together.

Hayley Burner has been a stand out for the Saints and will have a good battle against Michelle Moore for the Bay.

Jess Trench was named best for the Bay against Tant, running hard all day at WA in a physical encounter and fed her goalies accurately.

Ebony Lawson was among the best for the Saints against Kalangadoo at WA and combined well with Burner through the midcourt.

Both sides appear to still be a little unsettled, but will be giving their all on Saturday.

TANTANOOLA V MOUNT BURR

Tantanoola head home this week to take on Mount Burr.

The Tigers had a very convincing win  against Port MacDonnell last week and were impres- sive, while the Mozzies are coming of a week’s rest  and will be keen to get back onto the court.

Emma Gould was in good form for the Tigers, using her height to her advantage and shooting accurately.

She will line up against Madi Haggett who has had an outstanding start to the season and will make Gould earn every goal.

Gould is well supported by Jami Walker who is accu- rate and speedy and the pair are well fed by Casey  Walker on the wing.

Ebony Clark and Sarah Nulty have performed well  in goals so far this year for the Burr, shooting accu- rately and combining well together.

They will be up against the experienced Kate Bromley and talented junior Tayla Rowe who has been in good form.

Laura Schultz at Centre and Ella Falting at WA for the Mozzies form a very daunting mid-court and will have a good tussle against Tantanoola’s Vic and Alex Lucas.

The Tigers would dearly love to add another four points to the board this week, but Mount Burr has other ideas.

Kongorong has the bye.

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