Cats, Wren to battle for grand final spot

The final matches of the round were played at the weekend in the Port Pirie Netball Association with teams seeking a strong finish to their season in preparation for finals.

On Friday night Solomontown had a huge 26 goal win over Port which will give them a confidence boost heading into this weekend.

Port who struggled to really hit their straps this season, will be looking towards a rebuild and some consistency next year.

Best for Solomontown were Georgia Scarman in the centre, Maddison Pryor at goal attack and Chloe Knibbs at goal defence.

Finishing the season off well for Port were Jordan Mezzino and Laura Hubert in goals and Lauren Lowe in centre.

In the late game on Friday night, Centrals came close to beating Blue Wren for the first time of the season.

The margin never grew by more than five goals in favour of Blue Wren who lead from start to finish but nearing the final whistle of the match, Centrals were hot on their tail.

A dominant last quarter seen Centrals nearly steal the win however Blue Wren fought it out to win 47-45.

Best for the Wrens were goal attack Kirby Symons, wing defence Maggie Peterson and centre Tiah Peek while Sam Pine, Ashleigh Possingham and Alyse Edwards performed well for Centrals.

Nothing has changed from last week in the A Grade ladder as Blue Wren, Solomontown, Central Risdon and Saint Mark Celtic hold the top four positions.

In the 6:30pm match on Friday night, Centrals will battle to stay in the finals race with Saint Marks.

This is bound to be a close game as both teams have played some fantastic netball throughout the season.

Centrals will be looking to draw on the strength of Sam Pine in goals and Ashleigh Possingham in the centre, who have both had consistent seasons.

The match up between Penny Malchow and Callalou Klinger will be one to watch, as the speed and agility of Malchow will match it will the player of the year favourite Klinger.

Recent performances from Millie Tubb in goals suggests that Alyse Edwards will have plenty of work to do covering the height and strength of not only Tubb but Ashleigh Schrader in goal shooter.

Wherever you look in this game, there are some solid match ups and it will be a sight to see them all play out come Friday night.

At 8:00pm Blue Wren and Solomontown will contest the first spot in the Port Pirie Netball Association Grand Final.

Blue Wren have taken the honours throughout the season, beating Solomontown twice, however, last year’s premiers will be extremely hard to shake as they have a plethora of experience and poise on the court.

Blue Wren have taken the honours throughout the season, beating Solomontown twice, however, last year’s premiers will be extremely hard to shake ...

Maddison Pryor in goals has emerged as the key in the Cats line up over the last few years, as when she is firing, the whole team seems to lift.

Together with captain Jacquie Spadavecchia, Pryor controls the attacking end and it will be important for the team of Samarah Wark and Ashe Haldane in the Blue Wrens defensive circle to shut their combination down.

Blue Wrens captain Kirby Symons has had another great season as has Solomontown goal defence Chloe Knibbs and the battle between the two will be a sensational sight.

Youngster Tiah Peek will come up against Georgia Scarman in the centre position, where it will be important for Peek to match the high work rate of Scarman throughout the game.

Despite there being a 15 goal margin in favour of Blue Wren the last time these two sides met, you can expect a much closer contest as both teams line up with their best seven on court.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT

This Saturday night, the annual Port Pirie Netball Association Player of the Year awards night will be held at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club.

The night will crown the Fairest and Most Brilliant players across the A Grade, A Reserves and B Grade competitions while the 2018 Port Pirie Netball Association newest life members, Team of the Year and the A Grade rising star will also be revealed.

In the A Grade, predictions haven’t changed too much throughout the season with Callalou Klinger (Saint Marks) still favourite to take out the top honours.

Returning to the court after some time out of the game, her return has been nothing short of amazing as she has wowed the competition with her phenomenal jump and speed.

Klinger may run into some trouble however as Ashleigh Schrader (Saint Marks) has also had a fantastic season in goals.

These two have brought strength to the Saint Marks line up, and will play a huge role in their finals campaign.

Ashleigh Possingham firms as another favourite after strong performances all year in the Centrals mid-court but like the Saint Marks duo, may have had votes taken away by 2016 winner Sam Pine.

Since switching from Central Risdon to Blue Wren in the off season, Samarah Wark also made the move from goals back to defence.

Wark has dominated in the big matches with her amazing ability to read the play a huge contributor to several best on court performances.

Blue Wren Captain, Kirby Symons has had another good year in goals, returning to the court with her interesting yet effective shooting style and being the leader in the Wrens attack line.

For Solomontown, Georgia Scarman and Maddison Pryor have consistency on their side, and their on-court demeanour, sportsmanship and outstanding work ethic makes them favourites with the officials in white.

Chloe Knibbs has strung together some strong performances in the second half of the season and you will expect her to come home with the wind in her tail as votes are counted in the final rounds.

For the Port Netball Club, Lauren Lowe has been a shining light in a tough season for the green and black and is expected to poll well.