Cats chase mental edge

READY: Lockington's Laura Hopkins.

READY: Lockington's Laura Hopkins.

LOCKINGTON-Bamawm United coach Amy Halloran believes her team has hit form at the right stage of the season.

The Cats have been one of the best teams in the Heathcote and District Netball Association over the past month, ending North Bendigo’s unbeaten run.

This weekend in the final game of the regular season Lockington will face White Hills.

A game that we will more than likely see in the first week of the finals.

Halloran said it’s a huge game for her A-grade team.

“We have hit form at the right time, but we haven’t had it easy, we have had injuries to our main shooter and then we lost Kristi Roulston in round seven,” she said.

“We have had to not rely on certain positions we have had to adjust and learn a few things.

In round 16, Lockington defeated ladder-leaders North Bendigo by eight goals.

Halloran described the match as the best she had seen her team play this season.

Halloran said the game against White Hills will be crucial to the Cats’ chances.

“The girls have the fire in the belly,” she said.

“We played extremely well last season and got knocked out in straight sets in finals.

“It still hurts when I think about it.

“Any team can win it this year, you just have to look at Colbinabbin last season, they came from fifth to win the premiership.”

Halloran said it will be no easy feat to defeat White Hills on Saturday, saying the Demons’ experience could be the difference.

Earlier this season, White Hills came out on top, winning by a goal.

“They are a great team, we will be looking to improve our precision passing into attack because Dannielle Sawyer and Janene Cass are two of the best defenders in the league,” Halloran said.

“Whoever wins this game will have the mental edge heading into next week.”

White Hills coach Jody Chant agrees saying the team that wins will have an advantage heading into the first week of finals.

“It will be tough,” she said.

“They have hit their straps at the right time.”

Chant said there was also a slim chance her team could move into third place on the ladder.

“We have the percentage move up, if we win by a margin we do have that chance of finishing third,” she said.

The A-grade round 18 game will be played on Saturday at Lockington Reserve at noon. 

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