Mitiamo in the firing line at finals time says coach

Laura Hicks will be a key player for the Superoos against rival Newbridge on Saturday.

Laura Hicks will be a key player for the Superoos against rival Newbridge on Saturday.

MITIAMO coach Jenny Clohesy understands her team will have a target on its back as the Superoos prepare for their first final.

The Superoos have been the competition benchmark this season, losing just once in 16 games.

They enter a second semi-final showdown against Newbridge on the back of 10-straight wins and will be eager to make amends for last season’s grand final defeat against the Maroons.

The Superoos, by virtue of their top place finish, had the bye in the first week of finals.

But they were by no means lying idle, with Clohesy and the coach of HDFNL premiership favourite Liz Cobbledick arranging a practice match for last Saturday.

“The girls were a little bit disappointed about the way they played against (Maiden Gully) YCW in the last round, they didn’t think they played their best,” Clohesy said.

“But then we had the hit-out against Colbo last weekend and it was a really good hit out.

“It worked out well for us that they had a bye in the last round and they have a break too in between finals, so it worked out well for both us.

“They are a really good team.”

Mitiamo holds a 2-0 advantage over Newbridge this season, with wins by eight and 16 goals.

Danielle Dillon was in top form against Pyramid Hill last week.

Danielle Dillon was in top form against Pyramid Hill last week.

The Superoos will be at full strength, something Clohesy conceded the Maroons had not been in both earlier season games.

She could not help but be impressed with the Maroons’ effort last week, but was relying on her team’s trademark teamwork to deliver a grand final berth.

“We are really focused on the teamwork this year, with everybody having their bit to do,” Clohesy said.

“We’ve got strength all over the court, it’s just a matter of putting it together on the day.”

Newbridge will be aiming for a repeat of last week when it gained control of the contest early and continued to apply the pressure.

On Sunday, Pyramid Hill will look to get its finals campaign back-on-track after it was beaten last weekend by Newbridge.

The Bulldogs face a resurgent Calivil United, who survived an elimination final thriller to defeat Bridgewater by two goals.

They have beaten the Demons twice season, including a 22-goal win in the final home and away match.

But with their confidence high, there’s a feeling the Demons are playing their best netball at the right end of the season.

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