Few Swans have wings clipped, while Redlegs are primed

September 14, 2017

Tallygaroopna coach Julie Telford has her team primed to take on Avenel in Saturday's semi-final.

The Kyabram District Netball League finals series is following a similar pattern to last year.

Nagambie will enjoy the week off with a spot in the grand final already booked in the same fashion as last year, having again defeated Avenel in the second semi-final.

But Tallygaroopna will be hoping to buck the trend on Saturday when it lines up against the Swans.

The Redlegs have the advantage of playing on their own courts in a quest to move past last year’s heartbreak.

Defeated by just a goal against Avenel, who would go on to be premiers, Tallygaroopna coach Julie Telford said her team had grown stronger a year on.

‘‘The side has changed and we’ve improved and worked harder and that’s been long put behind us,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re really looking forward to getting out there and playing our game and trying not to think ‘oh woe it’s Avenel’ or anything like that, but we’re determined to go out there and win.’’

Telford has a full squad of 10 players at her disposal and was pleased with her side’s form.

‘‘We’ll go out there and play to our strengths and work on what’s been working for us and going out just to play our game; we think our games are really strong at the moment,’’ she said.

With Niki Lord a star in the Swans’ attack, Telford said any combination of her four defenders would be trusted to stop the brilliant goaler’s influence.

While Telford has a myriad of players, Avenel will not gain any faces back for the preliminary final.

Playing coach Tegan Hansen, Kath Hard and Laura Mundy continue to miss, with Sarah Brock likely to only make a comeback if the Swans reach the grand final.

Erin Engel will also be required to show her fitness prior to the match, after injuring her knee against Nagambie.

But despite going down to the Lakers last week, the testing game has Hansen believing her side can progress.

‘‘We’re training hard (tonight) and should be confident after a good performance against Nagambie,’’ she said.

‘‘Unfortunately we’ve got a plethora of injuries at the moment, so for the girls to put out the performance they did we’re really pleased with the way they jelled together.

‘‘This week against Tally should be a cracker of a game, we match up against them really well and we’re both wanting to stay in it and face Nagambie.’’

While Hansen was undergoing surgery last time her side faced Tallygaroopna, she received some positive feedback that gives her confidence heading into Saturday’s match.

‘‘From all reports they played strong for about half the game and we’ve really noted some of Tally’s strengths in terms of their shooting power and their pressure and plays through the midcourt and we’ll be trying to target some of those areas,’’ she said.

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