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.