Ver­sa­til­ity key in in­ter­league side

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

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

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