ROUND 8 PREVIEW
ROBE V PORT MACDONNELL
Robe takes on Port MacDonnell at home in the battle of the seasiders.
Both teams suffered a loss at the weekend, Robe went down to Kalangadoo by 26 goals, while the Demons were defeated by Hatherleigh by 24 goals.
Both sides were gallant in their defeats and will be looking forward to this weekend’s game to try to get a win on the board.
Port MacDonnell has been strong through the middle with Michelle Moore and Jess Trench combining well.
They will likely line up against the Rooster’s Kerryn Moore and Asha Pettit who have been working well together since losing Kim Ross from their mid-court.
Brooke Williams has been good for the Bay, her accuracy has made her a focal point for the Demons this season.
Robe’s defence line of Georgia Perkins and Alannah Campbell will need to continue their good form to stop Williams getting into the game.
Tori Gluyas should be back this week for the Roosters and the combination with Sarah Laurie is hard to beat.
Port Mac’s Morgan Amy and Lisa McGregor work well for the Bay in defence and should provide entertaining match-ups with Gluyas and Laurie.
Robe coach Kimberly Austin can play at either end too and adds a steadying influence to her team.
This will be a close game with both teams desperate for the win.
NANGWARRY V TANTANOOLA
Nangwarry is back home this week and takes on Tantanoola.
Nangwarry suffered a 41 goal loss to Mount Burr at the weekend while Tantanoola is coming off the bye.
Leading up to the bye Tantanoola had a gutsy seven goal win against Mount Burr, showing they will also be pushing for a finals spot this year.
Nangwarry defenders Hayley Vanderhorst and Carly Ploenges give 110% for the Saints and will need to again be at their very best to stop Emma Gould and Jami Walker who have been working well together and shooting with accuracy.
Gould is also a strong rebounder and often gets a second shot at any missed opportunities.
Gould and Walker are well supported by Casey Walker and Vic Lucas in the midcourt.
Nangwarry has Hayley Burner in great form through the middle, providing a steadying influence and feeding her goalies Dinnison and Pratt beautifully.
Standing in Dinnison’s and Pratt’s way is the Tiger defence combo of Kate Bromley and Tayla Rowe.
The height of Rowe and the clever play from Bromley makes them a tough combination to beat.
On paper it looks like Tantanoola will take the points.
Glencoe has the bye.
KONGORONG V KALANGADOO
Kongorong is back home this week taking on the undefeated Magpies.
Kongorong suffered a big defeat at the weekend, going down by 39 to Glencoe.
The Magpies continued on their merry way in season 2021, defeating Robe by 26 goals.
Kalangadoo has so much depth and this was shown again at the weekend.
Junior Kori Collins took to the court in the shooter position in the absence of Melissa Russell and played good solid netball, supported by Abbey Duncan returning from injury.
Emalee Stokker and Ella McIntyre will likely start in goals for the Hawks and will be put to the test against the Pies’ defence line of Chloe Pratt, Chelsea Croser and Mikaila Pitt.
Jayde Peacock and Jane Auld have been dominant in the midcourt for the Magpies and will likely match up against Sarah Beare and Sam Fox or Georgia Seidel.
Kongorong’s defence line of Riley Buckingham and Emily Lightbody give 100% every week but will be no match for the power and depth of the Magpies attack line.
With that in mind expect Kalangadoo to again give their talented juniors some court time and achieve a big win.
HATHERLEIGH V MOUNT BURR
Hatherleigh is back home this week and host Mount Burr in what should be the game of the round.
Both teams have been in exciting form, taking it up to ladder leaders Kalangadoo and showing that both are a force to be reckoned with.
Hatherleigh goalies Maddie Pulmer and Lacey Haines have been in red hot form, moving beautifully and shooting with accuracy.
Likewise the Mozzies’ Ebony Clark and Sarah Nulty have been outstanding in the goal circle, putting on some incredible shooting displays.
Accuracy of these four goalies will be paramount to the outcome of this game.
Both teams boast an outstanding defence line, Madi Haggett and Heidi Clark for the Burr work well together, turning over many balls and snapping up any rebounds with Haggett’s height a huge advantage.
Down the other end of the court, Maddie Redman and Sarah Broadhead have been outstanding in defence for the Eagles with Redman named in the best against the Demons at the weekend.
The midcourt battles will also be fascinating with Tegan Merrett, Lara McGregor and Sarah Faulkner lining up against Laura Schultz, Ann Guyett and Ella Falting.
This will be a great game to watch and spectators will be spoiled with this one.
It is hard to pick a winner, with two scenarios possible – will the home crowd get the Eagles over the line, or will the visitors take the glory?