NETBALL Sticking to what they know
WAAIA BACKING OWN GAME RATHER THAN TARGETING KATUNGA MATCH-UPS TO WIN STRAIGHT INTO GRANNY
Picola District Netball League’s yardstick team Waaia storms back into action in Saturday’s second semi-final against Katunga.
The Bombers may have had a week off, but ensured some normality remained with a training run on Saturday.
Having had a look at the two finals played during the break, the Bombers know what they are up against with the Swans.
Nikki Foster’s side has won all three encounters this year, the first comprehensively with the remaining two a lot closer affairs, although the Bombers were not at full strength.
For the first time this year Waaia enters a game on the end of a loss, its only one for the year.
The Bombers lost to Tungamah in the last week of the regular season, as the Bears gained a jump early with a finals position on the line.
But Foster has 10 fit players at her disposal, meaning there is a suitable opponent for each combination Katunga tries.
‘‘Come finals, it’s just going to be match-ups on the day, some people get nervy when it comes to finals, so it depends on the day,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve made absolutely no plans, a person you think you can rely on may just crumble and weaker ones might step up to lead the team.’’
The Bombers are not lacking in experience with Helen Plattfuss, Laura Cahoon and Blaise Mortimer among the reliable contingent.
With the addition of Emma McDonald from Nathalia, the midcourt has continued to strengthen this season.
Coming into the second week of finals, Waaia has a second chance should it lose a second straight game.
‘‘We don’t try to match people, we’ll play what we know and hopefully it comes out way, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, there’s a second chance available even though you don’t want to use it,’’ Foster said.
But Aimee Sidebottom is hoping to cause an upset, preying on the unpredictable nature of finals.
Katunga also has the luck of the draw on its side, with the game contested at its home courts.
The Swans played one of their strongest games in a month to defeat Dookie United by five goals in the qualifying final, with an added level needed if they are to defeat the Bombers and progress straight into the premiership decider.
Having lost to Katunga last week, Dookie United will use its second chance against Shepparton East in Sunday’s first semi-final at Rennie.
The Eagles have troubled Jodie Fleming’s side during the season, but United has the skill set to match up against last year’s grand finalists.
● Deni Rovers have another chance to meet Tocumwal in the grand final for the third consecutive year.
Having lost to the Bloods last week in the second semi-final, the Rovers will be looking to ensure the rivalry continues.
Blighty has aims to stand in the Rovers’ way, but will have to defeat them on their home court in the preliminary final.