A cap of Last Week’s Results
Hamilton Kangaroos had a comfortable win over Portland 58 – 32. Emma Somerville put in another best on court performance whilst Heidi Jones shot accurately for the Tigers.
Koroit defeated Terang Mortlake 49 – 28. Layla Monk was strong in defence for the Saints and Aimee Moloney tried hard for the Bloods.
Cobden defeated a young and emerging Camperdown team with an 11 goal victory – 53 to 42. Camperdown were well served with Chelsea Baker through the centre court and Remeny McCann was at her best playing her 150th Senior game for the Bombers.
Port Fairy fought hard against ladder leaders – South Warrnambool. Annie Blackburn was at her usual best in attack helping create some easy shooting opportunities for Holly Phillips and Tessa Allen tried hard all day. The Roosters were eventual winners 63 – 40.
North Warrnambool scored an important victory over Warrnambool in what was a physical encounter at Bushfield. Emma Cust came out of retirement for the game and took some timely intercepts in the defensive circle but it wasn’t enough to get them over the line against a determined eagles.
The Final Top 5
Taking into consideration the premiership points and percentage at this stage of the season, it’s reasonable to assume that the finals will be played amongst the teams that currently sit in the Top 5. With the current form of the Hamilton Kangaroos and the Portland Tigers it is probable that they will have some influence over which teams will have a slight advantage with a double chance come finals. And as has been mentioned in recent conversations, any team in the Top 5 have a chance to take home the Premiership Cup – if they play at their best. No doubt, all teams will be closely monitoring the results of other games over the next few weeks and to place a bet on who will win at this stage would be a very brave move.
Congratulations to Kasey Barling who will play her 100th Open Game for the Koroit FNC this weekend. Kasey joined the Saints in 2015 when she made the move from the Warrnambool Blues. During her time at the Saints she has won 3 Premierships including one as a Coach and was also awarded a Peta Richardson medal for her Best on Court performance in a Grand Final. She is a Runner Up League Best and Fairest Award recipient and has also been nominated in the Team of the Year. This is an amazing effort Kasey. Congratulations!
My predictions for this Week
South Warrnambool will have a tough battle against a young Koroit team. Annie Blackburn has dominated in their attacking circle this season and will be hard for the Saints to match and up the other end of the court Carly Watson will also be a strong influence. I think the Roosters will get over the line in a close contest.
Warrnambool take on Terang Mortlake at the Reid. Warrnambool will be keen to make amends after last week’s loss and will win comfortably over the bloods.
Portland make the long trip to Leura Oval to take on the Magpies. The mix of youth and experience in both these teams has seen both sides improve as the season has progressed. This should be a great contest and is a tough game to pick but with recent form I think Camperdown can take the points here.
Taking into account Cobden’s recent form I expect them to have a good win over Port Fairy.
North Warrnambool take on the Hamilton Kangaroos at Melville Oval. Given the Kangaroos recent form, this will be a danger game for the Eagles. They will need to be at their best but this is an important must win game and I think that will be the incentive they need to get them over the line.
Good Luck to all teams participating in both Football and Netball this weekend.
Author: Josie Logan