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North can be confident after testing best

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March 24, 2017

Shepparton North has the A1 premiership flag within its grasp.

Shepparton North has the A1 premiership flag within its grasp.

In a joint pennant/A1 competition this season North had the ability to mix with the top four sides in the league.

Mostly notably in consecutive weeks, North lost to Tallygaroopna by just two games and drew with pennant grand final side McEwen Reserve Gold.

Central Park will be looking to stop North’s run in the A1 grand final at McEwen Reserve.

Both sides are the strongest in the four teams that contested the finals, but Central Park has not played for a fortnight.

After the week off following the regular season, the Parkers won their semi-final via forfeit from Kialla Park last week.

But hitting the courts for training in the meantime, Central Park will create an enthralling contest against Shepparton North.

Janelle and Elizabeth Pottenger have been two of the Parkers’ consistent performers in the women’s, as Scott Durling has for the men.

But the North men’s duo of Clark Pettigrew and Evan Cooknell have troubled Central Park in the past and will be hoping to do the same tomorrow.

An extremely even A2 competition will pit Karramomus against St Andrew’s.

McEwen Reserve White and St Brendan’s were the unlucky sides to miss out as both teams lost by just four games in the semi-finals.

But the table toppers will meet for just the second time this season, having not had a good look at each other since the start of summer.

Karramomus was comprehensive winners in round one, before rain prevented their second match-up.

But a lot can change in a season with the Saints confident of an improved performance since then.

Shepparton North will appear in another grand final, this time in the A3 competition.

North will face off against Old Students/McEwen Reserve, with both sides coming into the grand final off strong performances last week.

North was too strong for Murchison, while Old Students/McEwen prevailed against McEwen Reserve Blue.

With no upsets occurring in the finals, the winner of the A3 decider will be an accurate representation of the best of the six sides that contested the division.

Shepparton North nearly got a third side into a premiership decider, but Karramomus progressed by one game.

Karra will face Bunbartha for the A4 premiership.

Bunbartha has the slight advantage in form this year, defeating Karramomus in two of their three matches, despite the latter taking out the minor premiership.

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