MINOR premier Panmure will give goal shooter Steph Jamieson until the first whistle to prove her fitness for today’s second semi-final against Old Collegians.
Jamieson is in a race against time to recover from a knee injury sustained during the Bulldogs’ clash against Timboon Demons a fortnight ago. Coach Josie Ellerton said she was “still waiting to see” whether her enterprising goaler would line up against the Warriors.
But while hoping to have Jamieson at her disposal, Ellerton said the Bulldogs would lose little in attack should Charlotte McCutcheon start in the goal circle.
“We’ll make a decision tomorrow,” she said.
“We’re giving her (Jamieson) every opportunity to get up. In saying that, Charlotte is a fantastic goal shooter .”
Panmure and Old Collegians will renew what has become one of the biggest rivalries of the Warrnambool and District league at Mortlake’s D. C. Farran Oval today.
The Warriors pinched a come-from-behind one-goal win in round two but the Bulldogs hit back with a convincing triumph in round 13.
Ellerton highlighted the importance of a fast start, believing whichever side settled into its routine first would win through to the grand final.
“We’ll approach the game the way we’ve approached every game and that’s to go out and win,” she said.
“We’ve been playing really good netball no matter who we’ve been playing against.”
Old Collegians coach Lisa Arundell said her side was buoyed by its qualifying final triumph over Dennington last weekend.
Arundell said she expected a “totally different” contest to the previous clashes this season.
“Last time we played them we weren’t in the best mindset and I think this time we’re coming out firing,” Arundell said. She said the Warriors’ evenness was their strength, with the fact every player polled in the league best and fairest count backing up her belief.
She said the Warriors had to replicate their performance against the Dogs by playing “hard, honest netball”.
“That’s what they did last weekend, they went out and played good, strong netball. It’ll be the same this week,” she said.