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Laharum, Natimuk go head to head in district netball

Casey Vanstan looks for options, Harrow-Balmoral vs Natimuk United.

Casey Vanstan.


By SARAH SCULLY
A top-of-the-table clash will headline Horsham District league A Grade action when netballers return from a bye on Saturday.
Ladder leader Laharum and reigning premier Natimuk United will go head to head at Laharum.
Only one team will leave the court with its undefeated status intact.
The Demons and Ewes are clearly the benchmark sides this season, setting the scene for a mouthwatering clash.
The Demons have a good mix of youth and experience, while the Ewes benefit from height at both ends and an ability to maintain calm under pressure.
The key to defeating Natimuk United is to curb the influence of tall shooter Shannon Couch.
Laharum goal keeper Rebecca McIntyre is one of the only defenders in the competition tall enough to steal rebounds off Couch, but the Demons would be better off limiting supply into the ring.
Laharum is capable of doing so thanks to a fit, fast midcourt but the experienced Ewes will look to capitalise on any mistakes.
Natimuk United defenders Casey Vanstan and Jo Taylor are in great form and are likely to force Demons goalies Caitlin Story and Maddie Iredell to work harder than they have all season.
This match could go either way, but if the Demons can’t stop Couch the Ewes will steal the four points and jump to the top of the ladder.
Swifts have suffered some disappointments after a strong start to the season and will be keen to push further back up the ladder.
This week they have their sights on an injury-ridden Noradjuha-Quantong, which looked great against Kalkee early before an ankle injury to defender Tennielle O’Callaghan upset proceedings.
The Bombers sit outside the six on percentage and are eager to push their way in.
They will elevate Chloe Gabbe from B Grade to fill a void in defence due to injuries and the unavailability of key defender Brooke Pay.
Both teams will be relatively unknown to each other, with such new line-ups.
Swifts will start favourite but the Bombers will enter with nothing to lose, so this should be a good game.
Fourth-placed Kalkee will look to continue on its winning way against Jeparit-Rainbow.
The Kees’ shooters have been on fire lately and if they are on song, will be hard to stop.
The Storm has been improving each week and will do its best to pressure its opponent.
Pimpinio will be searching for a big win against Taylors Lake after falling short of higher-ranked Edenhope-Apsley before the bye.
The Tigers have too much height at each end for the Lakers and should get the four points.
Harrow-Balmoral will start favourite against Rupanyup, although if the Panthers can keep their intensity up they can certainly push the Southern Roos.
Strong Southern Roos defender Ebonie Salter will look to take Rupanyup goal attack Brianna Hyslop out of the match, meaning there will be plenty of pressure on shooter Blair Burke to slot a lot of goals.
Edenhope-Apsley has a bye.

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Posted on Jun 13 2018

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