Fierce battle looms for Wombats and Roos

June 01, 2017

Lancaster will be looking to interleague captain Leanna Couston to lead the way against Girgarre at the weekend.

Laura Thomson knows her side has a good chance of defeating Girgarre this weekend.

The Lancaster coach is in her first year coaching the developing Wombats but she has plenty of experience to build her side around.

Two pillars of the side played interleague this year with Leanna Couston captaining the team and star midcourter Sophie Davies also an integral part.

With the Kangaroos in a similar position to her side, Thomson has been using Debbie McArdle’s team as a yard stick.

The fixturing consistently has Girgarre playing the same team Lancaster will play the next week.

‘‘We’ve sort of been following them, in the round we play a team they’ve played them before us so it’s probably been a guide going into each week,’’ Thomson said.

‘‘They’re sort of a new look side still in a learning curve so if we put a good game of netball together and a strong four quarters we’re a good chance to have a win.’’

The Wombats enter the weekend’s match on the back of a tough game against Rushworth, which resulted in a draw.

Ash Ryan and Eliza Grills have been revelations in the side coming up from the under-17s to begin their A-grade career and Thomson is pleased with the side’s progression as she looks further than just this season.

‘‘It’s a really good year, it’s all about that development and preparing our girls because they’re the future of our club. So if we’re getting them ready for senior netball, we’re forming a club that’s going to be successful for years to come.’’

Girgarre’s defenders will have to watch out for Lancaster’s attack with the side focusing on its accuracy around goals as well as feeding into the circle.

The Wombats and the Kangaroos match up looks to be one of the only tight games in the KDNL this round with many having the potential to end in blow outs.

The bookends of the competition face off as Avenel meets bottom-placed Longwood, Tallygaroopna should gather an easy win against Merrigum with Nagambie to do the same against Undera.

Stanhope is favourite when Kerrie Gray’s side hosts Ardmona as Violet Town enjoys the week off from competition.

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