MERRIVALE will monitor the progress of match-winning midcourter Elisha Carter ahead of a first semi-final meeting with Dennington this Sunday.
Carter injured a foot in the dying stages of the Tigers’ 47-29 elimination final win against Timboon Demons at Merrivale Recreation Reserve yesterday.
Co-coaches Raewyn Poumako and Claire Wines told The Standard they were unsure of the extent of the injury.
But they said Carter would do everything she had to, including playing through pain if necessary, to take on the Dogs.
“We don’t really know, we’ll see what happens. She’ll get it assessed and see how she goes,” Poumako said.
“It’s something in her foot — she’s feeling it in her foot.
“It’ll take a lot for her not to be on the court.
‘‘She’s a tough nut.”
The injury took the gloss off the Tigers’ convincing win on their home court.
They led 11-10 at quarter-time and 20-16 at the long break, with the Demons taking it up to their more-fancied opponent.
But a 13-5 third term, sparked by goal shooter Hayley Kelson, blew the margin out to 12 as heavy rain pelted the court.
Kelson hit 10 goals from 14 attempts during the term en route to a game-high 39 from 62 for the match.
She was among the best players, along with best-on-court Carter and goal defence Natasha Dwyer.
But Poumako and Wines highlighted the contributions of all eight players who took to the court.
Poumako said the Tigers played smart netball — short passes and leading from the front — when rain arrived.
“We’ve got a good midcourt for that, they can play quick or they can play those little passes and in front,” she said.
Goal shooter Megan Methven hit 23 goals from 31 attempts to lead the Timboon Demons’ scoring.
The Demons awarded midcourters Michelle Hose and Kelly Plozza and goal keeper Prue Hunter their best-player honours.
Coach Hayley Plozza said the Demons started well but struggled to handle the Tigers’ defensive pressure.
Plozza said the experience of rival shooters Kelson and Poumako also played a role.
“The first quarter we came out firing really well, we were 5-1 up but we struggled to keep that up, lose a few balls down the attacking end,” she said yesterday.
“Their experience shone through in their attack end — Haley and Raewyn.”
Plozza said the Demons making the finals after finishing 11th last season was “fantastic”. “They’re all young girls, they’re going to stick around,” she said.
“Two of them have been travelling back from Ballarat anyway, which is nice they do that for us.
“And it’s Tess Lindquist’s first year of senior netball and she’s developing nicely.”