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Two best will square off

EDGE: Star Ararat shooter Meagan Shea can help her side move straight into the grand final with success over Warrack this weekend.

By LUKE SCHUYLER
Ararat’s quest for a fourth successive Wimmera Netball Association premiership begins this weekend in an exciting second semi-final clash with Warrack Eagles.
The two best teams in the competition this season will square off in a match that both coaches expect to be tough, fast and physical.
Warrack Eagles won through to the second semi after a razor-sharp win against Horsham Saints last weekend, a performance that pleased coach Sarah Koschitzke.
However, Ararat coach Donna Spalding said the Rats would go into the match confident of victory after a solid season.
“We finished the season on top of the ladder which means we were the best team in the competition so I’m very confident,” she said.
“If we play our style and the type of game we want to play, then I am sure we can win.
“We’ve been in this position many times over the past couple of years and we have a very experienced side that knows what it takes to win finals matches.
“I think we are in a very good position.”
While confident, Spalding said she would not take the Eagles lightly and knew a four-quarter performance would be required.
“They’re fast and a similar side to us that seems to match up well against us,” she said.
“At times this year we have played one or two good quarters and managed to win. This weekend we need to put together four good quarters to win.”
Spalding believes it’s in attack where the Rats can grab an edge, with Jakki Gibson and Meagan Shea leading the way.
“Jakki and Meagan have played together for so many years they know each others game very well and play on instinct which makes them hard to stop,” she said.
“Rebecca Skrabl and Terri-Ann Lewis at wing attack are also playing well which will take a lot of pressure off the shooters.”
Warrack Eagles managed to upstage to Rats earlier this season, but finals is a whole new ball game.
Ashlynn McKenzie and Megan Hewitt were dominant players in the win last weekend and will again need to fire.
In the cut-throat first semi-final, Horsham Saints need to bounce back against Horsham.
It looms as a huge danger game for the Saints because the Demons were impressive against Horsham.
Players such as Zeena Kelm and Teegan Ward must play well for the side to remain in the premiership race.

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Posted on Aug 25 2010

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