Netball previews R16

ROCHESTER is seventh, six points adrift of the sixth-placed Shepparton. Teal Hocking and Maddy Egglestone were the shining lights in the Tigers’ win over Tatura last weekend. They will need to lead the way for Rochester if the home team wants to take down the visitors. United shooters Georgia Walpole and Jessie Barnes-Hill were outstanding in the statement win over Euroa last weekend, supported by Sophie Garner and Bess Schinoffsky. If they can all dominate again, then the Tigers will find it difficult to overcome the Demons. Tip: United.

THE Shepparton Swans will be looking to chalk up their sixth win of the season when it goes across the causeway to Tatura. Coach Courtney Simpson would have been thrilled by her team’s efforts against the Bears last weekend despite going down by two goals. Harriet Gall, Shinea Sali and Ash McMahon were the standouts in the heartbreaking loss, and they will need to play well again for the visitors to get the win. Charlotte Thomas starred for Tatura in goals last weekend and if she can continue this and get some support from her teammates in the form of Elise Boyer and Steph Gorrie-Smith, then the Dogs could chalk up their second win. Tip: Shepparton Swans.

EUROA and Seymour will look to bounce back when they go head-to-head at Kings Park. Both suffered defeats last weekend. Defender Tylah Marchbank, Sophie Owen and mid-courter Kellie Davidson will be pivotal for the visitors in what is likely to be another high energy contest. Sarah Szczykulski and Jordyn Beattie’s defensive performances on court kept the Lions in the contest last weekend. If they can keep the Euroa goalers at bay coupled with Casey Adamson and Courtney Aldous being able to impact the game, then that should be enough for the home team to get the win. Tip: Seymour

BENALLA can mathematically still play finals if it can win its remaining three games. Kyabram is only playing for pride, but it can continue its gallant form, Ky will cause Benalla some headaches especially if Chicky Vick can get on top in the attacking third for the home team. Benalla defender Chloe Hill and mid-courter Hayley Martiniello were key contributors for Benalla in the win over Mansfield last weekend. If they can continue that good form, then the Saints can come away with the win. Tip: Kyabram.

MOOROOPNA will look to continue its push towards a top two finish. The Cats scored their best win of the season last weekend by overcoming the top of the ladder Seymour. Coach Di Hanslow hopes to welcome back a few girls that missed last weekend’s game. But she will turn to her defensive duo, Ella Ogier and Ashley Lancaster, to lead again while hoping Shelby Britten and Elle Brooks can continue their good form through the centre of the court and in goals respectively. Tip: Mooroopna

SHEPPARTON will welcome the challenge of Echuca. The Bears had an important win last weekend which allowed them to retain the six-point buffer on seventh placed Rochester. Coach Tracey Brereton will turn to the experience of Jacinta Todd to continue her good form and star shooter Ella Sidebottom to drop her goals when the opportunities present to her. The Murray Bombers will look to Bianca Willis, Belinda Lees and Greta Pearson to continue their good form after they led by example in last weekend’s win. If the visitors can get on top early, then the home team may struggle to peg them back. Tip: Echuca.