COROWA-Rutherglen will be out to put further breathing space between itself and Albury when they clash in Ovens and Murray A-grade netball at John Foord Oval on Saturday.
With the Roos eight premiership points clear of their sixth-placed opponents with six home and away rounds remaining, coach Beck O’Connell said the stakes were high for both clubs.
“It’s a must win game for both of us,” O’Connell said.
“We see it as a really big game.
“Albury’s a good side and we will have to play well.”
Albury has a slightly easier run into the finals against Lavington, Myrtleford, Wodonga Raiders, Wodonga and Wangaratta while the Roos meet Myrtleford, Wodonga, Wangaratta Rovers, North Albury and Lavington in the run home.
Brigetta Hart and Sarah Moore shape as potential matchwinners for Albury.
Corowa-Rutherglen came up short against Yarrawonga last weekend and Sophie Hanrahan and O’Connell should hit back hard in one of the biggest home and away matches of the season.
Wodonga Raiders have their best chance of breaking the drought against Wangaratta Rovers at W.J. Findlay Oval.
The Raiders have pushed several teams this season and could be a chance if shooters Julia Clarke and Maree Anstee are given enough scoring opportunities by Hayley O’Neill and Rachel Johnson.
Wodonga should prevail against Wangaratta.
Rebecca Cameron shot at 87 per cent in the Bulldogs’ win against Wodonga Raiders last weekend and should receive plenty of support from Kylie Murphy and Anna Avery.
Myrtleford will fall short against Yarrawonga and Lavington will start favourites against North Albury.