JOSIE Bolden isn’t one to get caught up in what sides have and haven’t achieved during the home-and-away season.
The Dennington coach has seen enough netball to know the story can so often be different in finals.
“With finals, I reckon it’s back to zero again,” she said.
‘‘Sides can find a little bit more if they need.
“The home-and-away season, even though there are four points on the line, finals are different. There’s no tomorrow.
“Sometimes you can analyse and think about a game too much.
“What we need to do is go out there and play as good and as well as we have all season and leave no stone unturned.”
Bolden could easily get caught up in analysing the past.
Her Dogs have beaten Merrivale twice this season and meet the Tigers again in the first semi-final at Mack Oval tomorrow.
They won by four goals in round six and completed the season double with an 18-goal triumph in round 16. But they start from scratch again tomorrow.
Bolden said an improved shooting display and a strong defensive effort to counter league-leading shooter Haley Kelson would help her side prevail.
“Lani (Barling) did a good job on Hayley last time, but Hayley is an exceptional player,” she said. “She’s the one we’re most mindful of, her and Elisha (Carter) in the midcourt, because she feeds it so beautifully.”
By contrast, Merrivale co-coach Raewyn Poumako highlighted restricting Dennington goalers Danielle McLeod and Marlie Boyd as the key to the match.
“(But) in finals I don’t think you can take any game or player lightly,” she said.
“You’ve had your 18 rounds.
‘‘All that counts now is each game, especially when it’s an elimination final.”
Poumako said Merrivale had been without key players both times they played the Dogs this season, through injury or unavailability.
She said the Tigers’ experience would shine through in the pressure of a last-chance final.