Players get stuck in ahead of break

Casterton Sandford v Millicent

It will not be easy for Casterton Sandford this weekend when they host 2021 runners-up Millicent at Island Park.

The Saints looked slick in their comprehensive win over South Gambier in the opening round with their trademark ball movement and relentless defence on show.

Portia McRae and Hannah Nitschke continue to be a strong defensive combination, while new face Georgia Clarke applied typical Saints pressure on the defensive wing. At the other end of the court Tabatha Sanderson and Demi Verbena showed their chemistry as a shooting duo, so it will be a tough day out for the Cats defenders.

The biggest challenge for the Cats in the early going of 2022 is player unavailability and as they look to built a new look A Grade line-up, it is going to take time.

Scarlett Jarrad is the linchpin of the team in centre and Charlotte Rice looms as a great target for the Cats offensive line with her well timed moves and strength on the hold, while Caeleigh Humphries is the X Factor.

North Gambier V West Gambier

Looms as the match of the round as the new look Tigers take on a settled West Gambier line-up in the battle to go two zip in 2022.

The shooting combinations of both teams are strong and will do serious scoreboard damage if the defenders are not at the top of their game.

North’s Caroline Wakefield has been a regular team of the year member for many seasons and her new combination with teenager Macey Griffith looked seamless in round one.

For West, Sarah Ritter continues to loom as a serious threat, not just under the post but from long range, while the smarts of Lisa McGregor ensures the West attacking end runs like a well oiled machine and she is an accurate finisher herself.

McGregor’s battle with Mel Renko will be arguably the most pivotal of the match.

On paper a high scoring affair would be expected given the quality of the two shooting combinations and in what should be a tight scoreline, the Roos should remain undefeated.

South Gambier V East Gambier

East Gambier will be looking to get its premiership defence back on track as the Bulldogs head to Blue Lake Sports Park this weekend.

The return of premiership players Bo Creek and Tyne Bosko certainly strengthens the East defensive line, while any team with Tarsh McCallum, Emily Hunter and Kate Dempsey running through the mid court will provide plenty of quality ball to their shooters.

South’s round one shooting combination of Lara Munro and Alyssa Duncan looks set to be a tough one for defensive units to stop with their speed on the drive meaning there should be good chemistry going forward.

Ruby Richter showed good form in the mid court as well and could also fill a defensive post if required and she is another of the players who have come through the junior ranks together.

Both these sides look like they will take a little while to settle and find their best form and given the experience and quality of the on court leaders for East, the Bulldogs should get their first win of 2022.

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