A Cap of Last Week’s Results
Cobden defeated Terang Mortlake. The defensive pressure from Nadine McNamara and Remeny McCann was instrumental in the bombers win over Terang/Mortlake with Cobden scoring a comfortable win 69 goals to 27. North Warrnambool got off to a flying start against Camperdown, dominating the first quarter but Camperdown regrouped and were able to limit the flow of the eagle’s game. North were eventual winners – 55 to 42. Koroit and Warrnambool fought out a great game at Victoria Park where the match was evenly contested until late in the third quarter. Koroit were able to steady and feed the ball into their attack more easily and went on to win 54 – 45. Port Fairy opened up their encounter with Hamilton Kangaroos taking the lead early but Hamilton made the most of their opportunities in the second taking the lead by 8 at the main break. Hamilton went on to win 54 – 45. South Warrnambool remain undefeated at the halfway mark of the season defeating Portland 56 – 34. Holly Phillips dominated in the circle scoring 45 of her team’s 54 goals.
Last week two Umpires were tested for their C badge accreditation and one umpire was tested for their B badge accreditation.
I am very pleased to report that all the tests were successful. Leo McGrath was awarded his B Badge and Ava Nolan and Ella Sadler, both from the Camperdown FNC, were awarded their C Badges. Congratulations to Leo, Ava and Ella and thank you to all the umpire mentors and support people who have helped them achieve their umpiring goals. It’s been a great team effort.
Ladder – Top 5 Predictions
With Round 9 now completed we find ourselves at the midpoint of the season.
We currently have South Warrnambool, Koroit, Cobden, Warrnambool and North Warrnambool in the top 5. With Portland 6 points behind, they will need a lot of results to go their way for them to play finals. The next closest team are Hamilton Kangaroos who are 10 points behind 5th place so it looks likely the finals will be contested by the top half of the ladder. Any of the top teams have shown they are capable of premiership contention but I think South Warrnambool have played with the most consistency and perhaps this will be their year to take home a Premiership.
My Predictions for this Week
Warrnambool take the trip to Hanlon Park to take on Portland. The Tigers will be keen to keep in touch with the 5 and are always tough to beat at home. This will be a danger game for Warrnambool and will be looking for another strong performance from Any Wormald if they are to get the win.
Hamilton Kangaroos host Koroit at Melville oval. Hamilton have been very competitive when they have their full list available but I think Koroit will be aiming for a top 3 finish and should win comfortably.
Cobden play South Warrnambool in what should be a well contested game. Each team will be keen to show what they are both capable of. The Roosters came out on top the first time they met but the younger players from Cobden have stepped up with valuable exposure to senior netball. It’s a tough game to call but I think South will win, just.
Camperdown take on Terang Mortlake at the Ridley Recreation Reserve. Terang Mortlake are still without Eboni Knights and Emma Lucas has also missed recent games with injury. Terang may struggle to fill these voids and with momentum building amongst Camperdown’s youth I think Camperdowbn can take the points here.
North Warrnambool verse Port Fairy at Bushfield. Port Fairy were very competitive last time they met and they will be keen to get some wins in the second half of the season but the Eagles have too much to lose and will be keen to score a comfortable win.
Good Luck to all teams competing in both Football and Netball this weekend.
Author: Josie Logan