CUP AT STAKE: Stacey McCartin (Brown Hill) and Lauren Atkinson (Dela) are ready to go into battle for The Athlete’s Foot Cup. Picture: Kate Healy
BROWN Hill is determined to retain its Ballarat Netball Association championship crown.
Dela is just as determined to regain the title.
It is all going to be on line in The Athlete’s FootCup grand final at Llanberris Netball Centre on Tuesday night.
Brown Hill endedDela’s reign of more than a decade last year. It had to come from 14 goals down to claim the trophy.
Brown Hill Forge Pizzeria is not planning on getting that far behind this time around, but knows Dela Oscars – they were known as Dela Assuntas up to last season –are going to be no easier.
Brown Hill has largely the same make up as last year, with only its goaling combination different.
Ruby Parry and Sascha McDonald have stepped in to replacing the experienced.Gina McCartin and Kat Biscan.
Brown has a 2-1 win-loss record against Dela this season, but coach Annie McCartin refuses to read too much into that given the changes in personneleach team has had at various stages.
McCartin said her players were ready to complete back-to-back premierships.“We’re pretty pumped and ready to do this.”
She believes Brown Hill’s general court defensive pressure will be the key to another victory.
McCartin said amain objective would be to interrupt Dela’s rhythm.“We need to stop their flow. Once they get a run on down the court they’re hard to stop.
McCartin said Brown Hill was probably not as flexible as Dela.“We’re fairly settled and don’t have thesame options to shift players around.”
She said they were expecting nothing less than a tight game after what had been a highly competitive season.
Dela coach Jo Dash is still to finalise her line-up, with defendersMadi Davis (knee) and Lauren Quinlan (calf) still under an injury cloud on Monday.
She said Dela had been re-energised by a new finals experience.“We’ve never had to go through knockout finals (first sem-final and preliminary final) before. It was completely new.Oscars slipped to third after a loss in the last round.
“We didn’t want to drift away after finishing.We reset ourselves and we’ve risen to the challenge.”
Dash said Dela had had a lot ofselection issues throughout the season, but with Georgia Cann back and Jane Costello rejoining the group late in the season after national duties with Fiji there was now the right blend of experience and youth.
She said the team’s rebranding in the off-season –something driven by the players –had provided a new start and challenge which everyone had risen to.
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