Great Southern netball will hold its grand final on Saturday at McLaren Vale

DIRECT PASS: Goolwa League centre Joanna Wilson shoots the ball to a team mate on Saturday in the preliminary final against Willunga.
DIRECT PASS: Goolwa League centre Joanna Wilson shoots the ball to a team mate on Saturday in the preliminary final against Willunga.
ATHLETIC: Goolwa League wing defence Lauren Reynolds flies to take the netball very successfully on Saturday in the preliminary final against Willunga.

ATHLETIC: Goolwa League wing defence Lauren Reynolds flies to take the netball very successfully on Saturday in the preliminary final against Willunga.

STIFF COMPETITION: Goolwa League goal shooter Kylie Jarrett did not get it all her own way on Saturday with close attention from Willunga goal keeper Anna Aldridge.

STIFF COMPETITION: Goolwa League goal shooter Kylie Jarrett did not get it all her own way on Saturday with close attention from Willunga goal keeper Anna Aldridge.

MY BALL: Willunga goal shooter Amy Bull took charge at this contest getting to the ball before Goolwa goal keeper Lucy Inglis in the League preliminary final.

MY BALL: Willunga goal shooter Amy Bull took charge at this contest getting to the ball before Goolwa goal keeper Lucy Inglis in the League preliminary final.

LEAD: Goolwa League wing attack Chaisley McCardle has great space to move into to take the netball on Saturday in the preliminary final.

LEAD: Goolwa League wing attack Chaisley McCardle has great space to move into to take the netball on Saturday in the preliminary final.

The weather gods certainly turned on the elements for us on Saturday, with sunshine, wind and a whole lot of rain in the afternoon.

Congratulations to the Encounter Bay Netball Club for hosting a fantastic preliminary final.

There were some very close matches across the day, with some games coming down to one goal on the final whistle.

The League game, however, was not as close as anticipated, with Willunga taking the game by 15.

The match between them and Goolwa started scrappy and scores were close for the first quarter.

Kylie Jarrett was firing early and proved too strong for the Willunga defenders.

The rain slowed Willunga down on the wet courts, which gave the taller Goolwa opposition a chance to take control of the game.

An unfortunate injury to Jess Cuppleditch in the second quarter gave Willunga an opportunity to push ahead confidently and control the remainder of the match.

Congratulations to Goolwa on a great season.

Now onto the big one.

This Saturday will be Victor Harbor's 13th consecutive grand final appearance.

What an incredible achievement by coach Pauline Edwards and her core playing group.

This will give the edge of experience over Willunga who are entering their clubs first ever Great Southern Netball Association League grand final lead by coach Merrin Ising. Merrin has done an outstanding job getting this team to the 2019 grand final.

Anna Aldridge is likely to get the job on youngster Cara Panuccio, who has continued to improve in her first year out of juniors.

In the semis, Anna was able to interrupt Cara's movement and will be looking to apply the pressure early on Saturday.

Sascha Williams and/or Gabriella Scarpantoni will attempt to silence goal attack of the year Amanda Martin, who continues to play exceptional netball each week.

Tessa Hank will try to out muscle Victor's Alicia Montgomerie, who's mature, steady head will win the battle on the day.

Both sides have fast centres who provide drive for their team.

Victor's Courtney Barry and Willunga's Georgia Hank are bound to battle hard, as will Renee Moon and Morgan Hill at WD and WA.

These two players are at the top of their game, with Renee being awarded League best and fairest and Morgan receiving League runner up.

Congratulations to both of these players on their achievements.

Kelly White and/or Emma Gryczewski will face Grace Magee, who seems to be a confidence player.

Both GD options for Victor will make Grace earn each goal this weekend.

Lastly, one of the biggest match ups of the game will be between GK of the year, Sally Fuller and Amy Bull.

Amy has been putting in consistent performances over the last four weeks and holds her space extremely well.

Sally is the backbone of the Victor side and will be ready for the tough challenge.

Both sides can attribute some of their success to the support received by reserve players across the season, who would all step up to the challenge if required.

Willunga are likely to have Kylie Bullen and youngster Zoe Trowbridge to call on for changes across the game and Victor will be able to pull from their talented Senior 2 side with Naomi Guley and Tayla Bohnsack likely to get the bench honours.

Speed, determination and strength will be on show this weekend and I expect this to be a grand final for the ages.

Willunga will need to put their nerves aside and start strong if they are to have any chance of defeating Victor this week.

Although hard to tip, my money is on Victor, who have dominated the competition yet again in 2019.

They are undefeated for a reason and have had a united team for more than a decade. Willunga will challenge, but expect Victor to have the answers.

Victor to win by 8.

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