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MNL preliminary final preview - Moama v Deniliquin

By Tyler Maher

With the pain of last year's grand final heartbreak seared into their memory, Deniliquin will take to the court tomorrow searching for revenge.

The Rams face Moama in a Murray Netball League preliminary final at Barooga Recreation Reserve tomorrow, and after fighting their way past Cobram last week, are ready to take on the toughest challenge in the competition.

"Playing Moama, we certainly know what that presents for us," Deniliquin co-coach Jodie Sefton said.

"They’ve obviously been the yardstick for the last couple of seasons and we think that if we can play our best netball we can certainly be right in the mix.

"We're looking forward to it, it’s a really exciting opportunity for us and we’ve got some unfinished business."

Experienced stars Amelia Seignior, Bec White and Hayley Hall dominated for the Rams last week, as did young gun Ella Harvey in the mid-court.

"We’re pretty much the same line-up, there's only a couple of changes from last year’s grand final," Sefton said.

"We’ve certainly got the personnel and we’re playing well at the right end of the season so we're looking forward to it."

The Magpies have had a week off in preparation for tomorrow's clash, with anticipation among the group building during the break.

"Everyone is really excited, though a bit nervous, for the weekend," Moama co-coach Alex Daly told the Riverine Herald.

"Obviously we played them last year in the grand final, and they will be playing a side pretty similar to the line-up of that game. We know they will be fighting for redemption, so there will be another element to the game.

"But we are really looking forward to the contest. It’s going to be pretty hot this weekend, and those are the conditions that we really love to play in, so we are ready for the game to come along.

"It’s going to get warmer next weekend as well, so hopefully it can be good preparation. We would have preferred to have played on Saturday and had the extra days to recover if we get into the grand final, but we trust our preparation and our fitness, so hopefully it is able to give us an advantage this week."

Moama defeated Echuca United 44-31 in the qualifying final a fortnight ago.

MURRAY NETBALL LEAGUE PRELIMINARY FINALS

Today at Katandra Recreation Reserve

13-and-under: Tongala v Deniliquin at 9am

15-and-under: Deniliquin v Echuca United at 10am

17-and-under: Echuca United v Rumbalara at 11am

C-reserve: Echuca United v Nathalia at 9.30am

C-grade: Echuca United v Nathalia at 11.30am

B-grade: Moama v Echuca United at 12pm

A-grade: Rumbalara v Echuca United at 1.30pm

Tomorrow at Barooga Recreation Reserve

13-and-under: Finley v Echuca United at 9am

15-and-under: Tongala v Nathalia at 10am

17-and-under: Tongala v Moama at 11am

C-reserve: Mulwala v Moama at 9.30am

C-grade: Mulwala v Cobram at 11.30am

B-grade: Deniliquin v Mulwala at 12pm

A-grade: Moama v Deniliquin at 1.30pm