Versatility key in interleague side
Aversatile mix of players will highlight this year’s Wimmera Netball Association interleague side.
The team will travel to take on Murray Football Netball League on Saturday with some fresh faces alongside familiar ones.
Nhill’s Lauren Tink and Warrack Eagles’ Olivia Jones will make their Wimmera interleague debuts, while Southern Mallee Giants’ Tamika Mentha and Horsham Demons’ Victoria Taylor and Emma Buwalda have stepped up to play senior interleague for the first time.
Buwalda will form a deadly tandem with Minyip-murtoa’s Kirby Knight in goals, but coach Pauline Butler said one of the strengths of the side would be its versatility.
“We only had nine players put their hand up for interleague, but in that nine we’re very fortunate to have three defenders, three shooters and a midcourt that can be rotated as
well,” she said. “With the girls’ ability to rotate positions, we’re looking forward to seeing how that gels on the weekend.”
Butler said the team was starting to get a feel for its best combinations as players adapted to each other.
She said the team was unsure of what to expect from Murray, but was confident in its own ability to play well.
She said the team would use the match as preparation for Netball Victoria State Titles later in the year.
“I wouldn’t have a clue about our opponents, but I’d imagine they’re going to be fairly strong, as with any interleague side,” she said.
“It’ll be an interesting tussle and we’re looking forward to it.
“I think for the girls this will be a great test of where we’re at in regards to attending the state champs later in June.
“It will give us a really good idea of the things we need to work on as a team.”
DEBUT: Horsham shooter Emma Buwalda sends a ball towards the basket while playing against Stawell at Horsham City Oval courts last week. Buwalda will represent Wimmera Netball Association this weekend. Picture: LYNTON BROWN