Fin­ley face fierce ri­vals

Southern Riverina news - - NETBALL -

An un­der­manned Fin­ley B grade net­ball side will have to play at their best this week­end with a home game against De­niliquin in week one of the Mur­ray Net­ball League fi­nals.

Fin­ley fin­ished third on the lad­der earn­ing them the dou­ble chance in fi­nals. The Cats won 13 games for the sea­son los­ing four and draw­ing once.

The Rams have com­fort­ably beaten the Cats on both oc­ca­sions this year win­ning by seven goals in round one and more re­cently by nine.

Fin­ley will be out to avenge last year’s loss in the grand fi­nal, where Ton­gala made light work of them win­ning 49 to 22.

Fin­ley net­ball pres­i­dent Sasha Wood said it will be a tough ask for the B grade side.

‘‘Deni are al­ways a strong side with many ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

‘‘They’re sim­i­lar to us with many ju­nior play­ers al­ready play­ing se­nior grade net­ball.

‘‘We will be with­out He­lene Ste­ward but our key play­ers will be Ally Rourke across the back half, plus mid-courters Tiarna Burke and Holly Robin­son.

‘‘The B grade side had a good sea­son and won a few com­fort­able games.’’

Wood added it will be im­por­tant for the side to win to avoid a po­ten­tial match-up with Moama.

‘‘The Mag­pies are the best side in A grade so they have a strong B grade team as well.’’

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