What a week of netball. I got three tips close to the margin, but was shocked to hear the upset between Goolwa and McLaren Vale.
Vale coach, Jane Cremers, must have heard my plea to trial a new line up, with the girls coming together to take down former grand finalist Goolwa by 8 goals. Goolwa were back to their regular line up and need to re-group with a matter of urgency if they want to be contenders this year.
Vale have proved that they can make the top four. Myponga, Willunga and Victor all accounted for their oppositions easily.
Victor v Compass - Compass have come a long way since the last time they met with Victor. Compass have a solid defence line led by Ki Steinert and Amanda Coles, who have had much experience working together over the years.
Victor are running with a consistent seven and will not be challenged in this match. Having said that, I hope that the Compass girls play hard to reduce the margin of 30 from the last time the two teams met. Victor to win by 25.
Creek v Vale - Only four goals separated these teams in round two, but something tells me that Vale are going to steam ahead after their win over Goolwa last week. Defenders Allyson Veasey and Pheobe Guley will need to jump on the young Creek goalies early, as with confidence, Charlee Clifford and Caitlin Dewhurst are hard to stop. Vale goalies will have to play with patience feeding past Creek's Shane Nethercott in defence. Vale to win by 12.
Willunga vs Myponga - Willunga will be too strong on this occasion, as Myponga still juggle with their starting seven in the absence of defender Emma Raper. Willunga won't want to take any chances with Myponga who will be fighting to hold onto their fourth spot. Willunga will win this match by 19.
Goolwa vs Strath - Strath put up a good fight against Victor and were able to challenge the League leaders at some stages of the match.
If they approach this game with the same grit and determination, they may be able to get on top of Goolwa this week. Strath have elevated Inter player Emily O'Driscoll to their side, who will provide some good height and support to defenders Leanne Hein and Rachel Barnett.
Goolwa need to find some more consistency with their attacking end. Looking at the goals scored against, It seems that their defenders need to put up more of a challenge for opposition goalies and will look to do so on Saturday. Goolwa by 10.