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Undefeated Rats hold all the aces

Megan Shea has had a terrific year, shooting more than 700 goals. Opposition coach Sarah Koschitzke admits she will be hard to stop when they clash for a place in the grand final.

The two stand-out sides of the 2009 Wimmera Netball Association season are set to play off for a spot in the grand final this weekend when Ararat takes on Warrack Eagles.
And it’s Ararat who hold all the aces, having beaten the Eagles twice this season, including a comfortable 14-goal win last time they met.
But undefeated Ararat coach Megan Shea wasn’t buying into the fact her side would have a mental advantage and said Warrack were a dangerous side capable of an upset.
“Last time we played them, Sarah (Koschtizke, Warrack coach) swapped and changed a lot of their players throughout the game and I expect them to be a lot more settled this time around,” she said.
“We always have a tight encounter with Warrack and I expect this one to be no different.”
Ararat will be at full strength going into the match after last week’s rest. She said the week off had given some players with niggling injuries time to be primed for an assault at finals.
Shea said where she thought the Rats would have an advantage over Warrack was the side’s versatility.
“I don’t think we have one area of strength but the fact we have had a settled team for years and have been playing together so long, puts us in great shape,” she said.
“The big bonus for us is if we have someone get injured or someone needs to be changed, we can swap a number of players into different positions that can still be very effective.
“We are not only physically strong but also mentally which is important going into a finals series.”
Warrack coach Sarah Koschitzke knows how big a challenge her side faced against the unbeaten Rats.
“We will go into the match with a nothing to lose attitude and just focus on playing our own brand of netball,” she said.
“We’ve tried everything in our power the past few times to beat Ararat and it hasn’t worked. This time around we’ll just focus on getting our game right and hopefully everything else falls into place.”
Koschitzke did pinpoint Shea as a dangerous player that must be restricted.
“Well it’s no surprise that Megan is the key to the result – if we can restrict her it will go a long way to us winning the game,” she said.
“The problem is she’s a really great player and impossible to stop.”
In what shapes as an intriguing battle, Stawell and Nhill will attempt to remain in the premiership race when they clash in the cut-throat first semi final.
Nhill produced a strong performance against the Eagles last week, leading at every change before being overrun in the final quarter.
Stawell, on the other hand, will be beaming with confidence after putting Horsham Saints to the sword in the elimination final.
Little separates each side on paper and both will be confident of victory. It will ensure a fast-paced, frantic game that will come down to the wire.

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Posted on Aug 26 2009

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