North Warrnambool Eagles look to stop Koroit's feed into star shooter Nell Mitchell ahead of top-of-the-table HFNL clash

PLAN OF ATTACK: North Warrnambool coaches Elisha Carter and Jody Roth are looking forward to the test of taking on top team Koroit. Picture: Rob Gunstone
PLAN OF ATTACK: North Warrnambool coaches Elisha Carter and Jody Roth are looking forward to the test of taking on top team Koroit. Picture: Rob Gunstone

HOW do you stop a goaler who is dropping in 40 goals a game?

That’s the conundrum facing North Warrnambool Eagles heading into their top-of-the-table clash with Koroit at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The Eagles must find a way to quell imposing Saints goal shooter Nell Mitchell, whose height has caused plenty of headaches for defenders.

While North Warrnambool Eagles co-coach Elisha Carter concedes an in-form Mitchell might be near impossible to beat one-on-one, she says there are other ways to try to curb her influence.

“I think it’s the feed into her,” Carter said. “Jacqui Bowman, she’s a veteran of the club, but she’s probably the best feeder in the league.

“If you can stop that run on (it goes a long way), and our defensive line-up is pretty solid as well.”

The Eagles will also hope to fight fire with fire, looking to their attacking end to create just as stern a challenge for the undefeated Saints.

“It might be goal-for-goal,” Carter said. “I would hate to be a goalie because the pressure is on.

“We’ve got to try to get the ball into our goalies, past (Koroit defenders) Jess (O’Connor) and Emily Batt.”

The Eagles sit second on the Hampden open netball ladder with a 7-1 record.

I would hate to be a goalie because the pressure is on.

Elisha Carter