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September 21, 2017

Tallygaroopna wing attack Isobel Gribben is hoping to cap her first year back playing netball after a four-year break with a Kyabram District Netball League premiership on Saturday.

They are going in as the underdogs, but that title does not faze Tallygaroopna playing coach Julie Telford.

The Redlegs have made Saturday’s Kyabram District Netball League grand final from third, with a clash against minor premier Nagambie their prize.

‘‘We are excited, the whole club is up and about and we know what we need to do to win,’’ Telford said.

The Redlegs have fallen short of Nagambie twice this season, but that will not dent their confidence after winning a thrilling preliminary final against Avenel last week.

‘‘The confidence is sky high at the minute, we lost on both occasions this season, but we know we were not at full strength leading into those games,’’ Telford said.

‘‘We are probably at our strongest now, we have experience and a few injured players back.’’

Lisa Hueston is expected to play a key role in midcourt, while wing attack Isobel Gribben could turn her four-year hiatus from the game into premiership success.

‘‘We have a few little sub-stories, and I think with Issy she hadn’t played for a long time, so it will be good to see her win a premiership after being out of the game,’’ Telford said.

The Redlegs are the competition’s highest scorers, amassing 1045 goals this season — and an average of 58 a game.

They have scored more than 70 goals six times and Telford put her side’s attacking prowess down to her team’s defence.

‘‘It comes to us as a team giving our goalers the most opportunities possible, we work hard as a team, we apply pressure, look to intercept and move the ball quickly,’’ Telford said.

‘‘Tahla (Sidebottom) and Bec (Humphrey) are terrific inside the key and they capitalise on the whole team’s great work.’’

Telford knows the Nagambie side all too well and has set her sights on nullifying the likes of Bianca Willis and midcourt star Katie Sullivan.

‘‘They are terrific players who will definitely need stopping, Willis is a strong competitor, while Katie offers plenty of drive going forward,’’ Telford said.

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