A MIXTURE of youth and experience could prove to be the key for Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes as it seeks A Grade netball glory this weekend.
Although the club has significant netball experience from the likes of Tracy Schulz-Cole, Lisa Frow and coach Marie Campbell, they are well supported through some stars of the future.
“Mikaela Cole has shot sensationally well in our last two finals, she is lightning fast and can sink the long bombs – a very exciting player to watch,” Campbell said.
“Fellow young gun shooter Sam Creasy has been an equally reliable contributor in goals and her added height complements Mikaela’s ground game beautifully.”
The Goannas will come up against Wagga Tigers in this weekend’s grand final at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday, and Campbell believes premiership success is within reach.
“We’ve won two and lost one this year. I’d like to make that a 3-1 record,” she said. “We match up well against Tigers and if we bring our best performance, we will be in with a real chance.”
Campbell wasn’t willing to reveal any secrets ahead of the decider, but said it was pleasing to see the squad’s hard work pay off.
“A wise person once told me that success comes from hard work and the belief you get from putting in the hard work. This element has underpinned our ability to lift to the increased finals intensity,” she said.
A premiership would perfectly cap off a hectic schedule for many of the players during the season.
“Many other aspects of life have to give when you commit to the netball season, but it’s worthwhile when you’re alongside great mates. I wouldn’t do it otherwise,” Campbell said.
MCUE scored a narrow 44 to 42 win over Tigers in the first week of finals, before defeating Collingullie-Glenfield Park by eight goals to go straight through to the decider.
A Grade has proved to be the last team standing for MCUE after a generally successful season that saw all football and netball teams make it into the finals series.
A strong contingent of the Goannas’ faithful will be making the trip to Narrandera on Saturday to cheer the girls on.
The passion of the club’s supporters is not lost on the players.
“Being involved with such a great family club that embodies true community spirit and club pride makes the whole season enjoyable,” Campbell said.
“The increased interaction between the football and netball codes has added a great dynamic this year. The mutual support makes the club stronger.”
MCUE v Tigers
Date: Saturday 23 September
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground