Netball writer Canteen Lady previous round 16 of the Great Southern Netball Association

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Encounter Bay wing defence Tyler Garrett attempts to intercept the pass to Mount Compass wing attack Jane McHugh. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: Encounter Bay wing defence Tyler Garrett attempts to intercept the pass to Mount Compass wing attack Jane McHugh. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Although the top two are well and truly set, the race for a top four spot is heating up.

With only three games left, four teams will be putting everything on the line to be playing in September.

Last week saw my first correct margin tip for the season between Yank and Creek. Willunga took a much needed win against Strathalbyn, who demonstrated a new line up. This is the first time all season that Strath’s finals position has been threatened, I wonder what they will do to regroup for the last few rounds?

HIGH BALL: Encounter Bay goal shooter Nicola Harlow sends the ball flying towards the ring during her side's Senior 2 match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

HIGH BALL: Encounter Bay goal shooter Nicola Harlow sends the ball flying towards the ring during her side's Senior 2 match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Goolwa had an easy day at the office against Myponga, giving inter player Kaya Angus a run in the centre court, congratulations to Goolwa on providing this opportunity. Victor slammed Vale with a much bigger margin than predicted, proving that Vale haven’t got what it takes to match it with the top teams, but then again, which teams do?

Round 16 will be very entertaining, with all top six teams battling each other as the run for finals begins.

SWIFT: Encounter Bay wing attack Stacey Zadow sends the ball quickly into her side's attack line during their match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

SWIFT: Encounter Bay wing attack Stacey Zadow sends the ball quickly into her side's attack line during their match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Vale vs Willunga

Vale’s season hangs on this game, a win may see them back in the four, a loss will leave them kissing the 2018 season goodbye. Willunga created an upset last week, winning in a nail biter against Strathalbyn. Their team is starting to take some shape and hit form at the right time of the season. Vale are coming off a thumping by the powerhouse of Victor and will be feeling the nerves in this match of the round. It is a hard one to pick, however I believe that Willunga are the in form side and will take the game by five.

AT THE READY: Mount Compass goal attack Amy Slade steadies to take possession during her side's Senior 2 match against Encounter Bay. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

AT THE READY: Mount Compass goal attack Amy Slade steadies to take possession during her side's Senior 2 match against Encounter Bay. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Victor vs Yankalilla

Although this will be a one sided game, I know Yank will approach it with fire in their bellies and a thirst for improvement from the 56 goal margin last time they met. Victor continue to demonstrate the versatility of their team and seem to be playing around with combinations for finals, I wonder if this will begin to set over the next few weeks? I am proud of Yanks improvement and encourage them to remain positive and focused during this match. Victor to win by 45.

PRESSURE: Encounter Bay goal attack Chelsea Walker aims for goal over the long reach of her Mount Compass defender. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

PRESSURE: Encounter Bay goal attack Chelsea Walker aims for goal over the long reach of her Mount Compass defender. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Goolwa vs Strathalbyn

Goolwa have welcomed back Kimberly Graham from injury which will bring another element of height within the goal circle, that Strathalbyn will not be able to match. Strath play a determined style of netball and will do their best to get under the skin of Goolwa’s attack line. Goolwa will be far too strong in this encounter and will take the game by 32.

ASSIST: Encounter Bay centre Nikki Wenham lets the ball go to her teammate during their Senior 2 match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

ASSIST: Encounter Bay centre Nikki Wenham lets the ball go to her teammate during their Senior 2 match against Mount Compass. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Creek Vs Compass

This bottom of the table clash will be one for pride. Compass have been Creek’s only win for the season, and I know that both teams are hungry for one more win in 2018 to avoid the title of ‘wooden spooners’. Creeks youth are showing promising signs, however it’s the Compass girls I am backing by four in this game.