A BIG win over Maiden Gully YCW last month has Calivil United heading into its elimination final encounter against the Eagles full of confidence.
The Demons' 65-39 victory at Marist College on July 13 atoned for a one-goal earlier season loss to their rivals, and continued a strong second half of the season for the Demons, who lost narrowly to Mitiamo by three goals a week later, before finishing with big wins over Pyramid Hill and Inglewood.
Calivil United netball manager Karen Pascoe said the Demons would be confident, but wary that anything could happen come finals time.
"We got a really good start against them last time - we had something like seven goals on the board before they scored," she said.
"Getting the jump on them made a massive difference. Hopefully we can do the same again.
"We've had some injuries during the year, but we are going in with a full contingent which we are very happy with. We have a lot of options."
Pascoe, who coached the Demons to a grand final last season before taking on the operations role, said countering the opposition's midcourt, led by experienced Eagles Leisa Barry and Christie Griffiths, would be a must for Calivil United.
"The two of them together bring a lot of experience, but if we can take some of their impact away it will make a big difference," she said.
"Our defence is really strong and is getting stronger as the year goes on, hopefully we can contain them.
"And like any netball game, if our goalers are on-song we will be gold."
The Eagles got the solid hit-out before finals they were looking for last week in a hard-fought win against Bears Lagoon-Serpentine.
Meanwhile, Newbridge will need to reverse a pair of minor round losses if it is to defeat Mitiamo in Saturday's qualifying final at Marong.
The Superoos hold nine and four goal wins over the Maroons this season and have gone from strength-to-strength in recent weeks, none more so than in a win over Bridgewater.
Newbridge has won five of its last six matches, the only blemish a small loss to Bridgewater and will be equally as confident as Mitiamo of advancing to a second semi-final against the Mean Machine.
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