Tough contests expected

NETBALL: Cougars defender Amelia Dahlitz gets her fingers to the ball ahead of Yeelanna's Holly Campbell. Picture: Sean Tosold.

NETBALL: Cougars defender Amelia Dahlitz gets her fingers to the ball ahead of Yeelanna's Holly Campbell. Picture: Sean Tosold.

Great Flinders netball

A GRADE – United Yeelanna v Cougars

After tough battles around the goal circle all year, this will be the area to watch, in particular how the defenders work and what opportunities feeders create.

Both teams are strong through their midcourt and offer drive and speed. Tall Cougar defender Jess Nielsen and dominant mid-court Ana Ackland play pivotal roles, as does Yeelanna’s Cassie Norton.

Yeelanna’s Jess Harris and Cougars’ Lisa Smith have been outstanding and will be hard to beat. 

A RESERVES – United Yeelanna v Cougars

This game looks set to be a battle of the defenders. Yeelanna’s Heather Norton and Cougars’ BJ Moroney will anchor each end, strongly supported by experienced players Bri Modra and Katherine Carr for Yeelanna and Rebecca Rynne and Jessica Harkness for Cougars.

Young goalies Georgia Wooley and Molly Burns will need to work hard to get their hands on the ball, and the ability of the feeders will be crucial.

B GRADE – United Yeelanna v Cougars

No more than a handful of goals have separated the Yeelanna and Cougars this year.

Both teams are well matched, with Yeelanna’s Crysta Robins in defence expected to have a great tussle with Josie Turnbull in the Cougars goal ring. 

Cougars’ Caitlyn Martin and Hayley Ness will challenge Zan Cafuta and Elise Launer through the mid-court for delivery of the ball down the court.

With strong rebounding expected by defenders at either end, this game could come down to patience and accuracy in the ring and whichever team can capitalise on turnovers.

B RESERVES – Ramblers v Cougars

Ramblers will take to the court with a mix of youth and experience against a young Cougars team.

Ramblers’ Peta Berryman and Matilda Ford offer control and drive, and are well supported by Hannah Mickan.

Cougars strength is in their versatility, giving them options in attack and defence. Experienced defender Kerri-Anne Lock and goalie Maggie Siegert will be hard to beat at their best. Whoever can settle first could take the upper hand.

D GRADE – Ramblers v Eyre United

With an exciting mix of players this game should be played at a high standard.

The unfortunate loss of captain Matilda Crettenden through injury means the Rambler girls will have to work hard to keep the Saints goalies at bay.

Defender Mackenzie Walter and Saints’ goalie Allyce Fatchen will be a tight match, while running the centre will be Saints Tayla Milligan against Lara Howard-Ham.

Ramblers’ Lily Nettle could go up against defenders Olivia Turner or Jessie Sheehan.  This competitive game is expected to go down to the wire.

E GRADE – Cougars vs United Yeelanna

Both teams have had a challenging year, with Cougars carrying a young team and Yeelanna’s large numbers making it difficult for players to get court time.

Eagles shooter Elsie Maddern is expected to have a good battle against Grace Burns in the ring, while versatile Cougars goalie Holly Gale could face Riley Modra or Maya Glover.

Evenly matched centre courts will need to settle quickly to give their team the early advantage.