Wren, Cats to battle

GRAND FINAL BATTLE: Captains Kirby Symons (Blue Wren) and Jacqui Spadavecchia (Solomontown) and their teams will battle it out for the A Grade cup.
GRAND FINAL BATTLE: Captains Kirby Symons (Blue Wren) and Jacqui Spadavecchia (Solomontown) and their teams will battle it out for the A Grade cup.

In a repeat of 2017, Blue Wren and Solomontown will battle it out for the ultimate prize in this weekend’s A Grade grand final.

After a huge win over Saint Marks last weekend, Solomontown will enter this game with plenty of confidence.

After having the week off, Blue Wren have had some time to consolidate their plans and rest up for the huge challenge that lies ahead.

Despite coming away winners in the first semi-final two weeks ago against the Cats, history means nothing to the Blue Wren girls and know that their preparation will need to be spot on if they are to deliver a repeat performance.

Spectators will be treated to two first class contests between the two goal attacks and goal defences for the respective teams.

Maddison Pryor in goal attack and runner-up best and fairest winner Samarah Wark in goal defence always have a great clash – expect to see the unbelievable work rate of Pryor and the classy timing of Wark throughout the game.

At the other end, the matchup between Blue Wren captain Kirby Symons at goal attack and team of the year representative Chloe Knibbs in goal defence is mouth-watering.

Both players have plenty of experience in their respective positions and both will be looking to make an impact come Saturday night.

These two teams have been the most consistent performers all season and it is only fitting that they should again meet in the ‘big dance’.

Expect this one to come down to the final whistle.

In the A Reserve grand final, Blue Wren will meet Centrals Green.

Centrals Green who have come from fourth position are on fire and if recent form is anything to go by, they are expected to challenge the minor premiers.

Blue Wrens have led the competition all season, and with a nice balance of experience and youth they will be hard to beat.

This match boasts both the association best and fairest and its runner up with Vianna Fasciano likely to line up in the mid court for Blue Wrens and Tammy Pine at goal defence for Centrals Green.

Blue Wren will also look to former A Grade premiership player Andrea Tyler, whose height and experience is an invaluable asset for the Wrens.

The Blue Wrens goalies will have to work extremely hard coming up against Pine and her defensive offsiders Marlee Biddell (goal keeper) and Kaycee Davies (wing defence) while Ottavia Edwards could pose some problems in the mid court.

Expect a much closer contest between these two sides as finals pressure and nerves make it anyone’s game!

In the B Grade match Blue Wren will face Saint Marks Celtic Blue.

After finishing top of the ladder, Blue Wrens didn’t have it all their way throughout the finals after losing to Saint Marks in the first semi.

After a convincing win against Solomontown in the preliminary final on the weekend, Blue Wrens will have found some confidence on the court however it’s Saint Marks holding all the cards.

Their performance in the semi will no longer matter however they know what they have to do to get the job done.

The B Grade competition has been the closest in the association all season and I wouldn’t expect this weekend’s match to be any different.

In the C Grade, Blue Wren clash with Port. Blue Wren took the chocolates in the Semi Final winning by six goals however these teams have had some close contests throughout the season.

Port had a huge win over Central Risdon Green last weekend and with a full side expected in the grand final it will be game on.

In the D Grade an upset win over Saint Marks Celtic allowed Blue Wren to win straight through the grand final two weeks ago.

Saint Marks regained some of their pre-finals form to secure a huge win over Central Risdon on Saturday which will worry the Blue Wrens girls.

However with youth and a strong team connection on their side, Blue Wren will be looking to cause another upset for that grand final win.

The E Grade will see Saint Mark Celtic and Central Risdon fight it out on court two.

Saint Marks had a great win over Solomontown on Saturday and will be looking to make up the six goal difference that separated the two sides two weeks ago.

Despite an exciting win over Central Risdon on Saturday, Port can expect to have a much tougher time trying to get over the top of Saint Marks Celtic Red.

Saint Marks Red won by a healthy margin of 35 goals last time they met and it will be a hard task for Port to topple the minor premiers.

Blue Wren and Saint Marks will meet in the G Grade match.

After a strong performance in the Semi Final the Wrens girls will go in favourites to this match, however Saint Marks have challenged throughout the season and have the ability to be a real premiership contender.

In the 13 & Under, 12 & Under and 11 & Under competitions no other clubs are represented other than Saint Marks.

It will be a sea of red, blue and gold in the first matches of the day, and no matter the results, Saint Marks will be a very happy club come Saturday afternoon.

Goodluck to everyone playing finals netball this weekend. Remember to do your best, respect your opponents, and officials and enjoy the game.