Showdown looms for fifth spot in LVFNL netball

Pyramid Hill coach Zoe Kennedy.
Pyramid Hill coach Zoe Kennedy.

PYRAMID Hill coach Zoe Kennedy is confident both the Bulldogs and Maiden Gully YCW can make an impact in LVFNL A-grade finals, but acknowledges only one team will get that chance.

The Bulldogs and Eagles meet at Marist Park on Saturday, with the battle set to decide fifth spot.

Both teams enter the penultimate round on 28 points (the Eagles hold a slender 0.66 percentage lead), with the Bulldogs unable to improve their position beyond this week with a bye scheduled in the final round.

Kennedy was anticipating another tight contest after the Bulldogs won a low scoring affair earlier in the season against the Eagles 28-22 at Mitchell Park.

“Given the results we’ve both had, both sides are deserving of a finals berth; we’ve both definitely challenged the top sides throughout the season,” she said.

“In some of those games we’ve been in front of the top sides.

“We’ll need everyone this week to play their role and play a whole four quarters and not switch off at any stage during the game.

“That’s something we’ve had trouble with throughout the season and it’s cost us games unfortunately.”

The Eagles have impressed in their last three outings, which have included a win against Bridgewater and narrow losses to Mitiamo and Calivil United, spaced over five weeks.

Pyramid Hill is coming off a narrow five goal loss to Calivil United last week.

Kennedy paid full credit to the Eagles for  their impressive second-half form and nominated Leisa Barry as a player whose influence would need to be contained.

In other games, second-placed Calivil United clashes with fourth-placed Newbridge, while Bridgewater hosts Bears Lagoon-Serpentine.

Marong and Mitiamo have byes.

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