NORTH Albury will be chasing a huge win against Wodonga Raiders when they meet in the Ovens and Murray’s A-grade netball competition at Bunton Park on Saturday.
With the Hoppers trailing fifth-placed Albury by 6 per cent heading into the final round, they need to pick up percentage in case the Tigers upset Yarrawonga.
Wodonga Raiders would love to finish on a high, but to get close they must curtail the efforts of North Albury shooter Jess Fisher-Curnow.
Kath Fryer could be the one but she has been a contributor in their goal circle recently.
Raiders will also need Caitlyn Davis, Perri Fenton and Lyndal Hildebrand to take control through the middle.
North also has options with Chloe Robertson, Sophie Robertson, Alex Wilson, Kirby Logie and Katie Scammell able to be used in a variety of combinations to create a strong mid-court.
The verdict: North Albury by 20 goals.
ALBURY has entered the five and want to stay there with a win against Yarrawonga at Albury Sportsground.
The Pigeons are coming off two losses and must win to save third spot and prove they are worthy finalists.
The centre court battle between Albury’s Justine Willis and Laura Bourke will be a showpiece with both capable of turning a match in minutes.
Tigers wing attack Emma Eggleston has been giving her side plenty of drive recently but will need to outfox the tight defensive work of Kaitlyn Cummins.
Wing attack Sarah Wollington will have to do the same against Rhianon Hohnberg to give her shooters enough access to the ball.
For the Tigers to be in the hunt shooters Karlee Payne and Sarah Moore must continue with their recent good form and their defenders Brigetta Hart and Adelle Gormly must clamp down on Bridget Cassar.
The verdict: Yarrawonga by 2 goals.
WODONGA faces a tough game against Lavington at John Flower Oval.
After beating Yarrawonga by seven goals last week, the Bulldogs will go in confident with the winner to stitch up the minor premiership.
Panther shooters Haylee Penny and Sarah Senini will need to produce quick ballwork and accurate shooting to cope with the tight defending of Gemma Grimmond and Bek Ohlin.
In attack for the Panthers Angie Demamial and Emily Browne have been working well but Sarah Thomas at wing defence for the Bulldogs and her team mates, either Anna Avery or Kelly Donnelly, will put up some stiff opposition.
The biggest concern will be what to do about Bulldogs shooter Jane Cook.
Against Yarrawonga she took the court at half-time and scored a match-winning 30 from 33 attempts.
The verdict: Lavington by 1 goal.
COROWA-Rutherglen and Wangaratta will be looking to finish the season on a high at John Foord Oval.
The Roos have been more consistent over the past two months and Beck Didier’s line-up should come away with a hard-fought victory on home turf.
The verdict: Corowa-Rutherglen by 7 goals.
WANGARATTA Rovers will start favourites aganst Myrtleford.
Stacey Emms and Kristy Newton continue to combine strongly to give maximum support to their shooters Jess Clarke and Caitlyn Cose and the Hawks should post a comfortable win.
The verdict: Wangaratta Rovers by 10 goals.