Netball sure is a winter sport! I was tucked up next to the soup pot on Saturday and still struggled to feel my fingers!
An upset occurred last week with Goolwa coming out winners against Willunga by 12 goals. Willunga was without Tessa Hank and Amy Bull, but full credit goes to Goolwa for putting in a solid performance.
Victor Harbor had a strong match against Mclaren Vale who again showed glimpses of great netball. If Vale begins to string four quarters together they could really shake up the finals.
Creek and Compass were both without key players and the proved eventful, going right down to the wire, with Creek coming out victors by one.
Strathalbyn redeemed themselves with a strong match against Yankalilla.
McLaren Vale takes on Yankalilla this weekend and will play with strength and determination as if it were their last game. With a bye next week, their finals chances are still on the line and may eventually come down to percentage.
With this in mind, they will be looking to smash Yank by over 30 goals. Brooke Collier is proving to be a strong target for the Vale girls and Laura Smith will have a hard time containing her.
Vale has strength all over the court and will dominate this match to earn their rightful spot in the four. Vale by 32.
Last time Creek met Myponga, they caused an upset and were able to defeat them by 6. This is a hard game to pick, with inconsistency being a downside to both teams.
Brooke Ronksley has been playing superb netball for Creek and will match well with the speedy Kristen Rothwell.
This will be Myponga's last win for the season and they will need to win by a large margin if they want to play finals. Although they will get the win, it won't come easy. Myponga by 6.
The highly anticipated battle between the two top teams will give us a good insight into how Willunga's finals series will play out. After a loss to Goolwa last week, Willunga will be looking to redeem themselves and put a good performance on court against the league leaders.
I am alarmed to see that Amy Bull still hasn't returned from injury, but know that the club are taking all the right measures to get her fit for finals. If Willunga has a full side, they will challenge Victor, but will not be strong enough to stop them.
Victor have Willunga covered in all 7 positions and are going the right way for yet another premiership in 2019. Victor by 17.
Goolwa takes on Compass and will be looking for a much larger score than the last time the two teams met. Kylie Jarrett was missing in the last game when Goolwa come away winners by 4.
Kylie's niggly injuries are a huge concern for Goolwa, as without her, recent score lines suggest that the club do not have a strong plan B.
As a club Goolwa needs to build more depth within their lower grades and continue providing a pathway for strong inter players.
I hope that Kylie storms into finals at full strength, and will lead her team to a big win this Saturday. Goolwa by 22.