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Kyabram District Netball League round six preview

By Aydin Payne

Youth has been the major focus for Nagambie’s A-grade netball side, with the Lakers keeping an eye on the future in their hunt for a third consecutive premiership.

Nagambie’s season had a minor hiccup in round two when Tallygaroopna claimed a one-goal win, but since then the Lakers have been at full steam — winning three on the trot.

Sitting third on the Kyabram District League ladder, Nagambie will be out to make it four wins straight when fifth-placed Murchison-Toolamba hosts the Lakers on Saturday.

Nagambie co-coach Sarah Sanderson said there had been a focus on giving senior netball exposure to as many youngsters as possible, as the Lakers seek to extend their dominance on the league.

‘‘This year has really been focusing on the younger group of players and we’ve been able to debut three 17-and-under netballers already,’’ Sanderson said.

‘‘Madeline Moore and Tasman Taylor-Lloyd have been superb in their first season out of junior netball.

‘‘Keely Woosnam is another youngster who has done a terrific job playing wing defence in her first season of A-grade netball.’’

Murchison-Toolamba has had a solid season, with a 20-goal loss to Dookie United its only loss.

‘‘This weekend I’m expecting a close battle against Murchison-Toolamba,’’ Sanderson said.

‘‘We are looking forward to the challenge and a tight contest.

‘‘We haven’t had much game time in recent weeks, so we will look to improve our shooting and defending combinations.’’

The two sides will play for the inaugural ‘‘Kirwans Bridge Cup’’, with the player awarded best-on to receive a medal in honour of club legend Alison Biggs.

●Bottom-placed Ardmona welcomes Avenel as the Cats continue their search for an elusive first win.

Shepparton East returns to the court after two weeks off due to byes and will host seventh-placed Merrigum.

Girgarre will have a battle on its hands when it faces Tallygaroopna and Longwood will need to be at its best when undefeated Dookie United travels to Longwood Recreation Reserve.

Only two positions separate Undera and Lancaster on the ladder as they search for their fourth win of the season.

Ladder-leader Stanhope will look to continue its unbeaten start when Violet Town challenges it.