Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - “HERE’S MY CARD” -

Ellinbank fin­ished the sea­son in the most dom­i­nant fash­ion and Poowong are hop­ing for the fairy­tale fin­ish. Ellinbank will rely on their start­ing seven to get the job done, whereas Poowong will ro­tate their mid­court to com­bat the Eagles as needed.

Ellinbank's goal cir­cle is in­cred­i­bly quick, an­chored by Sha­nara Not­man. Not­man is fiery, dy­namic and will have to be heav­ily guarded by Poowong goal keeper Kate­lyn Miller. Miller has had an out­stand­ing fi­nals se­ries and will use her court smarts to hunt and make Not­man ac­count­able.

Ellinbank goal at­tack Mia McGar­rity and Poowong goal de­fence Made­line Lumby have spent a lot of time play­ing against each other. McGar­rity plays a short game, be­ing in and un­der her op­po­nent; whilst Lumby is known for her clean con­tests and tip to in­ter­cepts.

The abil­ity of these two to swing a game is un­canny and will give the crowd a lot of high­lights.

Wing at­tack Tay­lah Bott will con­trol Ellinbank's at­tack end, hit­ting the cir­cle edge hard and with speed. Likely to line up against Bott will be Mieke Polman-Short who has the speed and en­durance to work Bott for the full 60 min­utes.

This match up will be vi­tal for Poowong, as they will need to deny Ellinbank's ac­cess to the cir­cle edge if they hope to chal­lenge them.

In a fiery and phys­i­cal con­test, Ellinbank’s Jas­mine Fer­gu­son and Poowong’s Abbey McNally should bat­tle it out in cen­tre. Cool, calm and col­lected is Fer­gu­son's game style, while McNally wears her heart on her sleeve.

Both play­ers are piv­otal and the winner of this bat­tle could de­cide the match.

Depend­ing on the B grade re­sult, Ellinbank wing de­fence could be Abbey Cook or Chloe Lowry. Both play­ers of­fer very dif­fer­ent things and, depend­ing on who lines up at wing at­tack for Poowong, both play­ers may be re­quired.

Start­ing at wing at­tack for Poowong will likely be El­iza At­ten­bor­ough. Known for her tim­ing, At­ten­bor­ough's court sense and drives to the pocket will have to be on song against the de­fence of Cook or Lowry.

Rhi­an­non Haines will start at goal de­fence for Ellinbank but will pos­si­bly swap with goal keeper team­mate Bre­anna Pratt to try and stop the dom­i­nance of the Poowong goal cir­cle.

Ellinbank's cir­cle de­fence is quick and ag­ile, with a great un­der­stand­ing of when to swap and cover for their part­ner.

Poowong's goal­ing duo of goal at­tack Ge­or­gia Chi­avaroli and goal shooter Ni­cole Vam­plew will be hop­ing to be as dom­i­nant as they have been in the fi­nals se­ries. Once the ball gets into the goal cir­cle, Chi­avaroli and Vam­plew rarely make an er­ror. The goal cir­cle is go­ing to be a key for Poowong to stay in the match.

Poowong’s Erin Pell is likely to get a go dur­ing the match, be­ing able to play all three mid­court po­si­tions with ex­per­tise. She is smart and strong and will give Ellinbank some­thing dif­fer­ent to think about when she gets her chance.

De­spite Ellinbank be­ing favourites, Poowong have a long his­tory of be­ing able to play the big games well. In a fan­tas­tic way to fin­ish the sea­son, two of the youngest and most ex­cit­ing teams will play off. Get set­tled in for a phe­nom­e­nal dis­play of net­ball. Play­ers to watch: Ellinbank - Jas­mine Fer­gu­son, Tay­lah Bott and Bre­anna Pratt.

Poowong - Kate­lyn Miller, Mieke Pole­man-Short and Ge­or­gia Chi­avaroli.

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