Epic finals predicted

EXPERIENCED: Tumby Bay's Stacey Curtis will take plenty of finals experience into this weekend's A grade grand final. Photo: Meryl Weetra

EXPERIENCED: Tumby Bay's Stacey Curtis will take plenty of finals experience into this weekend's A grade grand final. Photo: Meryl Weetra

Great Flinders netball grand final preview

A grade: Cummins Kapinnie v Tumby Bay

TUMBY Bay come in as the underdogs but only need to look to last year's grand final and take a leaf out of Yeelanna's book.

Tumby Bay has plenty of finals experience but the three young ones, Desi Franks, Alex Stratford and Megan Carr are playing in their first A grade grand final so nerves will peak early.

Once they settle though they will be fine with all three playing some great netball this year.

It will be tough for the Tumby goalies with A grade best and fairest Jessica Nielsen looking to add a premiership to her trophy shelf with the help of Tess Watson.

Tumby goal defence Sarah Southern will be looking to outdo her sister Jess and will not go down without a fight. What a finals series for the Lynch family!

Somma Cave and association runner-up Stacey Curtis will bring finals experience to defence. Curtis shows great courage every game and will bring her never say die attitude.

They will need to be switched on from the first whistle with Lisa Smith able to hold well in the ring and shoot with precision and Amy Fuss in goals knows where to find the ball.

Karlee Dunn will provide plenty of drive for the Blues through the centre and will be pivotal to Tumby's success. She could be matched up on Amesha Meyers, Ellen Taylor or Zoey Phelps who have all had great finals campaigns in the last few years.

This will be an epic match.

A reserves: Cummins Kapinnie v Ramblers

Cougars have great momentum but are aware that a grand final is anyone's game.

The A reserves flag has eluded Cougars but they have shown strength this year only having a draw with United Yeelanna. Ramblers go in as underdogs, however, have played some of their best netball in the finals.

Match up of the game will be the combo of Belinda Jane Moroney and Cherie Bascomb trying to stop the flow of goals from super accurate Ramblers goalies Mary-Ann Mickan and Ali Ward - both grand final specialists.

Cougars have plenty of centre court options including Feebi Hazelgrove and Tahlia Lee but if they are down Ana Ackland could take the court, bringing her experience.

It will be hard work curbing Cougars' centre court but if anyone can do it is Lucy Pedler and Sophie Blacker, who need to feed smartly to their goalies to get around the height.

Cougars have options in the goal circle as well with Hana Green cool under pressure, which is good because there will be plenty from Lucy Fitzgerald and Tori Dahlitz.

B grade: Cummins Kapinnie v Lock

Lock will have to lift to another level to make a contest with the undefeated and extremely talented Cougars team, that would not be out of place in a higher-grade final.

The extent of an injury to Hayley Wiseman late in last week's game is not yet known and may force Lock to make some changes.

Donna Bowey and the young Mikala Baines can bring speed to the team but will be tightly checked by association runner-up Demi Letton and her mum Chaz in defence.

Kristen Zacher and Emily Arbon have been playing well in defence and will have a task to pressure Cougars' goalies, sister combo association runner-up Amanda Puckridge and Rachel Hunt.

Centre court match-ups could be even with Lock's Sally Potter up against young Cougar Jorja Buddle and Lock's Matilda Arbon on Anna Whillas in the centre.

B reserves: Cummins Kapinnie v Lock

Cougars and Lock have had tight contested games all year.

Cougars won all three minor round games but two games were close with a margin of four or less separating the two teams. Both teams have a talented mix of youth and experienced players.

Key match-ups will be association best and fairest Rachel Ayliffe and Maddisen Kammerman and association runner-up Samantha Chown and Joanne Humphries.

The big question will be who matches up on Anne-Marie Baines who made a big difference in goals for Lock in the preliminary final.

Lock has come through the finals with some great passages of team play and are looking for the upset win.

D grade: Cummins Kapinnie v Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay have been the surprise package this finals series, playing a brilliant team game in the preliminary final to take down Ramblers, who they had yet to beat.

This is the same case against Cougars but are yet to play them at full strength. Grace Burns and Megan Radford will have a great match-up with the Tumby attack with Tumby's Sarah Lawrie playing some beautiful netball.

Association runner-up best and fairest Holly Gale has been playing well and will have a great tussle in the midcourt with Jasmin Trezise who has been getting back to her usual form following a finger injury.

This game could go either way. It should be a great display of junior netball at its best.

E grade: Tumby Bay v United Yeelanna

The first match of the day will be a cracker with both sides playing some great finals netball.

United Yeelanna were missing some key players in the second semi-final, but that is not taking anything away from Tumby Bay who played a great team game.

Maisie Curtis will be looking to lead her team in goals up against Georgia Robinson who has had a great year in defence for Eagles.

If Maisie finds her spot she will not miss many.

Paige Dillon had a great game in centre for the Blues in the second semi and feeds the ball well to her goalies. She is also a great defender through the midcourt.

For Eagles, Riley Modra continues to impress with good clean netball and it could come down to a battle of the goalies as she will be tightly checked by Tumby defender Taryn Beinke.