Dragons set for confident Bloods

KEY PLAYER: Sandhurst's Brooke Bolton in action against South Bendigo earlier this year. Picture: PETER WEAVING

KEY PLAYER: Sandhurst's Brooke Bolton in action against South Bendigo earlier this year. Picture: PETER WEAVING

Bailey says united group is ready to battle

SANDHURST coach Nicole Bailey is wary of a confident South Bendigo line-up. 

The Bloods have stunned their past two opponents, Strathfieldsaye and Castlemaine to score two close wins. 

The last time the two sides met back in round one Sandhurst won by 18 goals. 

"We have come together well in the first half of the season and they have played well in the last few weeks," Bailey said. 

"It should be a good game."

Bailey said a lot had changed since the opening game of the Bendigo Netball League season. 

"We have adjusted to the tempo of A-grade and we have really come together as a united group," she said. 

"At the beginning of the season we were playing a more individual styled game, whereas now we are playing as a team."

Bailey didn't give too much away, but said a key player would be out of the side for a couple of weeks. 

She said the team would have to make some adjustments.

"It is a bit unsettling, but we will have to overcome that on on game day," Bailey said. 

"We have confidence in our players to play the role they have been given."

South Bendigo coach Debbie Symes said the team had learnt a lot from their last encounter. 

"Their shooters and defenders are good. I think we can match it with them in the middle," she said. 

"We need to curb what they are doing."

Symes said the team was growing in confidence each week and hoped they would be able to replicate their form from the past two matches. 

The game will be played at the Queen Elizabeth Oval courts at 2.30pm.

In other Saturday games, Maryborough will host Kangaroo Flat, and Castlemaine will play Gisborne.

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