Great Southern netball finals will start this Saturday at Strathalbyn

HOT BALL: Victor Harbor star Kelly White has the netball in her grasp, but is under siege from Mount Compass player Danielle Adams on Saturday in Senior 2.
HOT BALL: Victor Harbor star Kelly White has the netball in her grasp, but is under siege from Mount Compass player Danielle Adams on Saturday in Senior 2.

I am coming into finals with enthusiasm, accurate tipping and a slightly burnt face from last Saturday, and boy am I excited!

Congratulations to our top four- Victor, Goolwa, Willunga and Strath for their finals achievement, and commiserations to the remaining five league teams as they conclude the 2018 season.

Last week, Willunga got over the line in a nail biter by one goal against Myponga. Well done to Myponga on shaking things up in the final stages of the season, let’s hope there is more of this to come in 2019!

Creek had a good crack at Vale and would be pleased with their improvement from last time. Victor ran away with the game against Compass, but to Compass’ credit, they managed 24 goals against the League leaders, which is more than many other opposing teams this season. Strath and Yank’s game went as predicted. I bet Yank have been left wondering what could have been

CLEVER: Victor Harbor Senior 2 netballer Katie Langmeade shows great control of the ball on Saturday using only one hand in the match against Mount Compass.

CLEVER: Victor Harbor Senior 2 netballer Katie Langmeade shows great control of the ball on Saturday using only one hand in the match against Mount Compass.

Victor vs Goolwa – Netball fans will be treated this Saturday as the competition leaders battle it out for another grand final appearance. On both occasions, Victor have won the game by 17 goals, however Goolwa have won a few quarters within these battles. If Goolwa can string together a consistent performance, we may see the margin decrease slightly, however Victor remains my pick for this game.

A WIZARD: Victor Harbor League defender Luka Millar flies for the netball on Saturday to win possession and give her side another goal scoring opportunity.

A WIZARD: Victor Harbor League defender Luka Millar flies for the netball on Saturday to win possession and give her side another goal scoring opportunity.

Goolwa relies heavily on Kylie Jarret who has dominated the competition in 2018. I have a question mark over the GA position and look forward to seeing who steps up for them on Saturday. With the skill and determination of the League’s best defence line, Sally and Luka from Victor, whoever gets the GA bib needs to bring their ‘A’ game. Both teams have highly skilled players with state league experience, but, when considering match ups, Victor have the edge. Although the two centre court’s will be evenly matched, Goolwa do not have any answers for the skill of Amanda Martin and Di Johns in goals. Get down to Strath at 3pm to watch this game. Victor by 15. 

Willunga vs Strath – I have changed my mind about this tip, ten or more times since Saturday and I am still unsure about who will get the win. Strathalbyn have been the more consistent team throughout the season and have some positive leadership in Kim Cutting and Molly Mawson.

BALANCE: Mount Compass goal defence Callie-Ann Schahinger has the ball and is ready to pass on Saturday in the League game against Victor Harbor.

BALANCE: Mount Compass goal defence Callie-Ann Schahinger has the ball and is ready to pass on Saturday in the League game against Victor Harbor.

Defensively they have had a mix of players step up for them this season, but are still lacking height. For me, it all comes down to who Willunga put out on court. Will we see Amy Bull in goals or defence? Will Emma George get to play, in my opinion, her deserved positon of GS? Will Morgan Hill play through a minor injury? Despite the question marks over this team, I think they have what it takes if they get their combinations right, and will win this game by two.

PROTECTING THE BALL: Mount Compass League goalie Alexandra Stewart keeps the netball in front so she can turn and shoot a goal on Saturday at the Victor courts.

PROTECTING THE BALL: Mount Compass League goalie Alexandra Stewart keeps the netball in front so she can turn and shoot a goal on Saturday at the Victor courts.

CATCH AND RUN: Mount Compass League wing attack Nicole Smith is at full steam escaping the Victor Harbor opposition and is ready to pass to a team mate.

CATCH AND RUN: Mount Compass League wing attack Nicole Smith is at full steam escaping the Victor Harbor opposition and is ready to pass to a team mate.

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