Rovers hoping third time is the charm

September 07, 2017

Arch rivals Deniliquin Rovers and Tocumwal go to battle in the Picola District Netball League north-west grand final on Saturday.

The third part of an epic rivalry will take Blighty by storm on Saturday.

The Deniliquin Rovers and Tocumwal have been the dominant teams during the past three seasons in the Picola District Netball League north-west.

The Rovers will be desperate to ensure the rivalry does not continue to be one-sided, with Tocumwal beating them in the past two grand finals.

It was one-way traffic again when they met two weeks ago in the second semi-final at Deniliquin, with the Bloods coming out on top by 12 goals.

Kate Bird’s team was also the dominant side in two games during the home-and-away season, meaning the Rovers need to defy history to end their premiership drought.

Fortunately for Deni, it has the league’s best player in Lucy Howard.

The incredible Howard has won the PDNL’s north-west best-and-fairest award for the past four years and any side that has her will be in with a chance.

In the B-grade grand final, Mathoura will battle Strathmerton, Jeriliderie and Picola United clash in C-grade and Blighty matches up with the Rovers in C-reserve.

The junior grades will feature Jeriliderie and Strathmerton (under-17s), Tocumwal and Picola United (under-15s) and Blighty and Picola United (under-13s).

●The PDNL’s south-east is up to the preliminary final, with Katunga and Dookie United to face off on Saturday.

The winner will play minor premier Waaia in the decider on September 16 after the Bombers booked their place last week with a two-goal win against the Swans.

Waaia is in its first grand final since 1991 and will be desperate to end a long premiership drought.

Dookie finds itself in the final three after turning around a deficit at half-time against Shepparton East in a knockout first semi-final.

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