Tight tussles expected from coast to coast

Tight tussles expected from coast to coast

Two clubs will head to the seaside this weekend, with another two destined for Hatherleigh and Mount Burr in round 2 of the Mid South East Netball Association fixture.

Robe will by looking for a win when it hosts Glencoe by the sea, after the Roosters lost a nailbiter against Tantanoola last week.

The Eagles will host Kongorong at home after being overrun by Glencoe by 20 points last week, while the Hawks went down to the Burr by 10.

Mount Burr will host Kalangadoo in a later time slot to accommodate the MSEFL night match under lights, with the Mozzies also hosting ladies night.

Both sides started their season with a win in the opening round.

The Demons will be at home to the Saints, and will be looking for their first home court victory about going down to the Pies by 22 last week.

Port MacDonnell v Nangwarry

The Demons will host Nangwarry at the Bay, for the Saints’ first match of the season, after having a round 1 bye.

Last week the Bay went down to Kalangadoo by 22 points.

The crew at Port Mac was impressed with the performance of its young side against reigning premiers Kalangadoo on the weekend and will be looking for that same effort when the Demons come up against Nangwarry on Saturday.

The Bay will be led by experienced players Alana Berkefeld, Kori Collins and Megan Hein who will set the tone on court against the Saints.

Berkefeld and Hein head up the Demons’ defensive unit along with GK Emily Thompson, with the trio providing a strong barrier for the Nangwarry scorers.

When it comes to the Saints, the young side will be hoping to gel early in its first game of the season.

Club president Chrystal Lock will make her A Grade coaching debut, ably assisted by Michelle Richardson.

Leading into the season Lock said the club’s goal was to grow this “young fresh side, in hopes that in years to come they will be getting the wins they deserve whilst still hitting the courts loving the game and being a team to envy with how much they get on and support each other”.

Kayla Gray will be the only returning player from last year, and will be joined by Maddi Stephens, Taysha Marshall, Lacey Neale, Ebony Wurst, Alice Circelli, Jemma Glynn and Sheridan Sakkers.

Robe v Glencoe

Glencoe is another side that will head to the beach this week, to take on Robe.

The Roosters will be looking for a win this week on their home court but will absolutely face a challenge against the visitors.

Glencoe proved too strong for Hatherleigh last week, signalling the Murphies’ determination to improve on its third place finish in what it deemed a “disappointing” 2023.

Coach Sarah Edwards is sure to have her side raring to go, drawing on the experienced core group.

Meanwhile the Roosters last week failed to avenge last year’s semi final defeat at the hands of Tantanoola, this time going down by two goals.

Robe will be guided by coach Annie Regnier, who will be ably assisted by Lucindale’s Jane Gould who has joined the team as an assistant coach.

This match looks set to be a tight tussle between two sides who finished in the top four last season.

Hatherleigh v Kongorong

In the battle of the birds the Eagles, under new coach Keston Green, will be looking to get a win on the board against the Hawks, when they host them at Hatherleigh.

The Eagles were overrun by Glencoe in round 1 but will return to their home court in a bid to kickstart their 2024 campaign.

They will take on a young Kongorong team which lost to Mount Burr by 10 last week, with the Hawks set to show plenty of promise as they gain more experience.

To do so the Hawks will need to combat Hatherleigh’s defensive strength which was on show against Glencoe last week.

Mount Burr v Kalangadoo

The Mozzies will need to be at their best to take on the Magpies in a later time slot on Saturday.

Match times have been shifted slightly later in the day across the grades as Mount Burr will host a night match in the football.

The Burr showed determination to better its 2023 result with a first up win over Glencoe on Saturday.

But the challenge will be greater this weekend as it comes up against the powerhouse that is Kalangadoo.

The Magpies kicked off the defence of their 2023 premiership with a solid win over Port MacDonnell in round 1, with a strong display across the court.

But they will face an energetic Mozzies side, which has had a solid pre-season and brings with it a belief they will absolutely be competitive this year.

Tantanoola has the bye.

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