Close Wayback v Imperials grand final match expected

Wayback won the semi-final against Imperials but a much closer grand final score expected.
Wayback won the semi-final against Imperials but a much closer grand final score expected.

Port Lincoln netball grand final preview

THE undefeated Wayback team take on Imperials in the Port Lincoln Netball Association A1 grand final this Saturday and with both teams expected to be at full strength there will be some amazing match-ups and great talent on display.

With four of Wayback's players selected in the Port Lincoln Netball Association Top 10 and three in the 21 and under Top 10, then five Imperials players in Top 10, including Times Medalist Karli Sargent, there will be plenty of talent all over the court.

Ilka Stone and Mikaela Eatts against Jess Harris and Samantha Hickman is always a match-up worth going to see.

While Karli Sargent, Simoan Hayman, Mel Semmler and Erica Lamont give Imperials plenty of flexibility in the centre court or goals.

Wayback also has flexibility with Morgan McDonald, Brooke George, Ruby Orchard and Emma Waters.

The semi final score was well in Wayback's favour but Imperials would have learnt a lot from that game, with a much closer grand final score expected.

Mikaela Sawyer is a powerful goaler who shoots very accurately from any range and is always hard to contain and will be teamed with Kate Pilgrim, who knows how to play the big games.

Wayback's Yasmin Stewart, Bri Gray or Waters will need to work overtime to limit their opportunities.

Adelaide umpires will be in control so adapting to them will also be important.

The semi final score was well in Wayback's favour but Imperials would have learnt a lot from that game, with a much closer grand final score expected.

After finishing runners-up last season, Imperials will be looking to go one better.

Coached by Corinne Shillabeer in her seventh season as A1 coach, it has been three years since they have won the premiership.

Wayback

Ilka Stone: Co-captain, 2019 Team of the Year. A great leader who is a strong creative goal shooter.

Bri Gray: Co-captain. Leads by example bringing maturity to the team. A tight effective goal keeper/goal defence.

Mikaela Eatts: Vice-captain, 2019 PLNA runner-up best and fairest and Team of the Year. A hard working goal attack who does not mind a long bomb every now and then.

Brooke George: 2019 Team of the Year. Ever reliable, tough and very skilled centre courter with that never-say-die attitude.

Ruby Orchard: 2019 senior and under 21 Team of the Year. A quick thinking, give and go, steady wing attack, plays with maturity way above her age.

Morgan McDonald: In her first year as a Demon has brought a new dimension to the centre court and provided some flexibility to the team line-up.

Emma Waters. Her first season in A1 has been a real break out. She has built week by week to be a reliable member of the team and adding to the team's defensive flexibility.

Yasmin Stewart: Her hard work in the gym has paid off and in her first season of A1 with Wayback has really stepped up to the mark in the defence circle to add to a flexible defence line.

Sophie Wilkshire: 2019 PLNA A1 reserves best and fairest and rising star. Has played some great games in defence and goals when called upon this year.

Imperials

Mikaela Sawyer: 2019 Team of the Year. Tall and accurate goalie who is clever on the pass off and can lay up a goal.

Kate Pilgim: Strong hands and quick feet movement makes it hard for opposition defences. Can swish the ball through the ring from a distance.

Erika Lamont: Steady and reliable with excellent vision to goals who can also take up a position in the goal circle.

Simoan Hayman: Gutsy and hard to the ball. Currently Imperials longest playing A1 player.

Mel Semmler: 2019 Team of the Year. Fast and fit and never gives up. Works hard for every ball.

Karli Sargent: Captain, 2019 Times Medallist, Team of the Year. Highly skilled, dynamic and aerial. Can take an intercept from a standing start.

Samantha Hickman: 2019 team of the year. Quick on her feet, with tight defence and never wastes a pass.

Jess Harris: 2019 Team of the Year. Tall, reliable defender who loves to take a chance on the intercept.

Mia French: Teenager with a great future of A1 ahead of her. Loves the long pass.