Tigers to tackle reigning premiers

North Gambier v East Gambier

North had the better of the first-round clash between these two rivals and it looms as another classic battle and clearly the match of the sixth Western Border netball round.

After a shaky start to their premiership defence East has started to settle and find some momentum, despite a narrow loss to Millicent at the weekend.

The Bulldogs are still not only looking to build chemistry with their new look line-up but also sorting out which combinations work best.

East defender Morgan Amy has to take on the tall timber again with the inform Caroline Wakefield and she will be hoping pressure from the likes of her defensive unit teammates Bo Creek and Tyne Bosko will force some poor delivery into the tall shooter, giving her a chance to earn some turnover ball.

Emily Hunter and her battle with quiet achieving North centre Brianna Walters will be a key, with Hunter not just dynamic with her offensive driving but relentless with her defensive pressure.

With Walters and Ashlee Kalantarian both so precise with ball in hand, the Bulldogs will need to deny the two mid-courters any easy ball.

This looms as a goal-for-goal contest and a much tighter scoreline than the round one clash with East turning the tables on a day where North will officially open its clubrooms.

South Gambier v Millicent

After a comprehensive loss to West Gambier things do not get any easier for South Gambier when the Demons host Millicent this Saturday.

The young line-up will be looking to get off to a better start and find some more consistency as they look to challenge the undefeated Saints.

Priority one will be denying easy access to star Millicent shooter Tabatha Sanderson which will fall to Grace Edwards.

That means Ellie Bouchier, Ruby Richter and Megan Reid will need to wear their opponents tightly and try and slow down the usually slick Saints ball movement through Paige Nitschke and Demi Verbena.

At the other end, Alyssa Duncan and Lara Munro are emerging as a strong shooting combination and they will need to combine smoothly with Reid and Tully McShane to find space against the tight checking of Portia McRae, Hannah Nitschke and Georgia Clarke.

It is hard to mount a case for South to upset the ladder leader but they will be looking for a competitive four quarter performance.

Casterton Sandford v West Gambier

The Cats are set to host a rampaging Roos line-up this weekend, with West fresh from a comprehensive defeat of South Gambier.

Casterton Sandford will need to focus on a strong start and then look to keep control of the scoreboard so it does not get out of control.

Of course, that is easier said than done with a West line-up that has no weaknesses.

Lisa McGregor and Sarah Ritter are an accurate shooting combination that work well together, Tara Bryant, Zoe Malseed and Mikaela Horrigan are hard running young mid courters, blessed with speed and all creative with ball in hand, while defensively Amy Cram and Jade Ritter are coming off a game where they created turnovers at will.

For the Cats there have been positives for debut coach Jodie Humphries to build upon.

The return of Madalene Cleary to the line-up has been a boost for the attack end and she is also bringing out the best in Charlotte Rice, while at the defensive end, Caeleigh Humphries and Ebany Jarrad never give up easy ball.

The second ranked Roo’s should secure a comfortable win, while the Cats will look to find some consistency and not allow the scoreboard to blow out.

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