Un­beaten ri­vals to fight for top spot

NT News - - SPORT - JACK HISLOP

2 - Gabrielle Dol­lar (Gold) 1 - Matisse Gab­bert (Gold) 2 - Bon­nie Stor­month (Tigers) 1 - Tina Way (TVF) 2 - H.Brooke (Hog­gies) 1 - Baylee Gal­braith (Pints) 2 - Alysha Healy (Hog­gies) 1 - Dana Agnew (Pints) 2 - Mikayla De Cas­tro (Pints) 1 - Tif­fany Peck­ham (TVF) 2- Tammie Bar­ton 1 - Cassie Hen­der­son FAL­CONS have used the first nine rounds of Dar­win Net­ball as step­ping stones ahead of their all-im­por­tant clash with Pints next Thurs­day.

It will be the first time the two sides have met since last year’s A-grade grand fi­nal, which Pints claimed by one goal in the fi­nal sec­onds.

Both teams have started the re­vamped premier league — which in­cludes nine A-re­serve sides — un­de­feated.

Such is the strength of the two out­fits that Thurs­day’s clash should de­ter­mine the mi­nor premier­ship.

It is the only reg­u­lar sea­son fix­ture between the two teams.

Tracy Vil­lage’s Ste­fanie Greve said her side had been wait­ing all sea­son to get one back on their ri­vals.

“In all our train­ing ses­sions and all our games we have been work­ing to­wards the game. We’re try­ing our hard­est to get up there. It will be a good fight — we’re look­ing for­ward to it,” she said.

“That’s (grand fi­nal de­feat) in the back of all of our minds. Hope­fully that will bring us out big­ger and stronger and make sure that we play right down to the last sec­ond as hard as we can.”

Greve said Fal­cons had con­tin­ued to play with in­ten­sity, de­spite not be­ing chal­lenged in the ma­jor­ity of their con­tests. They de­feated Night­cliff Tigers Black by 49 goals on Thurs­day.

“We’ve been work­ing hard all sea­son to try and lift our game and keep our stan­dard up given that they have com­bined the com­pe­ti­tions into the premier league,” she said.

Night­cliff Gold (26 ) V Night­cliff Tigers (50) Night­cliff Black (24 ) V Tracy Vil­lage Fal­cons ( 73 ) Pints (48 ) V Hog­gies Black (18) Pints Dragons (41 ) V Hog­gies (52 ) Pints Greenants (37 ) V TVF Ma­roon (37 ) Mash Saints (27 ) Waratahs (43 )

Pic­ture: JUSTIN KENNEDY

TV Fal­cons’ Ste­fanie Greve de­liv­ers a fast pass dur­ing Thurs­day night’s game against Night­cliff Tigers Black

A con­cept de­sign for the new Mar­rara net­ball sta­dium

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