Claws to come out in cross-town contest

West Gambier v North Gambier

Always a tough match up, the clash between West and North at Malseed Park will be the match of the seventh round of Western Border netball.

The Roos continue to stamp their authority on the competition as the most likely challenger to Millicent and if North cannot limit supply to Sarah Ritter, there is no chance the Tigers can secure the win.

Ritter is not just finishing accurately but earning a stack of scoring opportunities, thanks to her strong combination with Lisa McGregor.

Denying Ritter too much ball will not just fall to the North circle defenders but also the pressure placed in transition and the key feeders, meaning the likes of Brianna Walters, Libby Morgan and Lauran Norman will need to deny the Roos mid court strong feeding position.

With North still tinkering with what is already a new look line-up, that has also been impacted by player unavailability, the Roos have the edge in what should be a close contest.

East Gambier v South Gambier

Last time these two met, South Gambier just had the edge for the first three quarters but in the end, the Bulldogs were able to steady, force errors and secure the win.

The performance will give the young Demons confidence they can match it with East Gambier and with an injury cloud over Sarah Lock, who hurt her calf during the round six warm up and was unable to make it through the game, South should enter the clash with confidence.

Lara Munro and Alyssa Duncan are an emerging shooting combination that just need to find some more consistency and they will do well to hold the front space and not give East defenders Bo Creek and Morgan Amy the chance to contest balls in the air, which is where the Bulldogs duo shines.

At the other end Grace Edwards will match up on Amryn Bosko, who also missed last week due to illness and that will be one of the most pivotal duels.

There is no reason this should not be another tight contest with the Bulldogs experience just getting them over the line again.

Millicent v Casterton Sandford

This weekend presents the young Cats with another great learning experience when they head to McLaughlin Park to take on the undefeated Saints.

Casterton Sandford continues to tinker with its line-up and saw some promising signs with new look defensive and shooting combinations at the weekend.

Madalene Cleary, in her return from an ACL injury, continues to work her way back and she combined with Chloe Foster at the weekend and could well be the shooting duo of choice moving forward.

All the combinations will be tested with Tabatha Sanderson and Demi Verbena set to return after being sidelined last weekend, with the mid court of Paige Nitschke, Lillie Paul and Georgia Clarke, continuing to cover the absence of Lisa Duldig, moving the ball with speed and precision.

It is hard to mount a case for the Saints not enjoying another comfortable victory.

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