Calivil United and Mitiamo prepare for Loddon Valley preliminary final

Hollie Alford

Hollie Alford

CALIVIL United knows what is at stake on Saturday afternoon.

A win against Mitiamo would put them through to a Loddon Valley Netball League A-grade grand final and a chance to break a 20-year flag drought and a loss would mean it’s near perfect season would be over.

Calivil coach Karen Pascoe said her team was ready to get on the court after a disappointing loss to YCW last the weekend.

“We've worked hard at training this week and are looking forward to the tussle against Mitiamo,” she said.

This season the record between the two teams stands at a draw and a 15-goal win in favour of Calivil.

“Mitiamo are a strong side who play at their best in finals, so we will need to get on top of them defensively and take our opportunities as well,” she said.

“To make the A-grade grand final would mean a lot to this playing group and the club.

“It's been 20-years since Calivil has won the A-grade flag so it's been a long wait for a lot of talented netballers.”

Mitiamo coach Jen Morrison said the netball rivals will play out a thrilling preliminary final.

“We feel that we have hit our straps at the right end of the season,” she said.

“We have the confidence, it is going to be a tight game, it always is between the two teams."

Morrison said despite key players suffering injuries in the win against Bridgewater last weekend, she believed her team was capable of making it to its third straight grand final.

“We have great depth at the club with our B-grade team and our juniors playing well, so we will continue to give them opportunities.”

The A-grade preliminary final between Calivil United and Mitiamo will be played at the Calivil Recreation Reserve on Saturday at 2.30pm. 

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