ONE Hampden league fairytale netball story will end today.
Camperdown and North Warrnambool Eagles have not won an A grade premiership and the preliminary final will prolong one team’s quest for at least another year.
The Magpies and Eagles have written contrasting scripts this season.
Camperdown has been a consistent force all year, earning a top-three chance as it attempts to banish past finals disappointments.
The Magpies lost the 2010 and 2011 grand finals to powerhouse Koroit and dropped out in straight sets last season.
North Warrnambool Eagles left their top-five challenge to the death and have flourished in their two knockout finals.
The Eagles are eyeing their first top-grade grand final.
There will be no fairytale ending for one side today.
Both teams will take in full strength line-ups.
Camperdown coach Tracey Baker said the Pies took confidence from their narrow second semi-final loss against the Saints and were ready for another steep challenge.
“It will be a different game to last week. Koroit play very short and North are a lot more aerial,” she said.
“We haven’t played against Sophie Barr and both times we have played them we haven’t had Emma Wright.”
The Magpies, who enlisted former Melbourne Vixen Sarah Wall to help at training on Thursday night, will finalise their starting line-up this morning.
“With our midcourt I am still tossing around whether to go with height or speed,” Baker said.
“We have so much depth, which is really good.”
North Warrnambool Eagles coach Sharon Kenna said her side was desperate for a fast start.
“You want to start well and I think that worked very well for us against Port Fairy,” she said.
“We got a good start on them and even though they came back in the third term, we still had the momentum.”
Kenna said goal keeper Rachael Ryan would have to negate Magpies tall Narelle Welsh and goal defence Jordyn Billings would battle fellow teen Jaymie Finch in two crucial match-ups.
“I think it comes down to their attack line versus our defence line,” she said
“We are going to have to put a lot of pressure on their centre court players to stop the feed into Welsh and even Jaymie Finch.
“Against Terang (Mortlake) it was short goalies and last week Mandy Knee and Emily Forrest are quick players and this week it’s a strong focus under the goal ring.”
Kenna said it was imperative the Eagles stuck to basics.