Warrnambool Mermaids pick strongest roster for 2017 Big V finals opener

IMPORTANT COG: Maddy White is one of the 12 players picked to represent Warrnambool Mermaids for their semi-final series game one against Coburg Giants. Picture: Morgan Hancock
IMPORTANT COG: Maddy White is one of the 12 players picked to represent Warrnambool Mermaids for their semi-final series game one against Coburg Giants. Picture: Morgan Hancock

WARRNAMBOOL Mermaids are poised to unveil their strongest roster of the Big V season in their opening semi-final series game.

Coach Louise Brown will be among the 12 players rotated against Coburg Giants on the road on Saturday night.

Maddy White, Holly Greene, Amy Wormald, Abbey Sutherland, Carly Pulling, Molly McKinnon, Lily Killey, Chelsea McMahon, Elle Zeunert, Marli Blackney-Noter and Brown will all spend time on court.

Brown said it was an ideal situation for the Mermaids.

They will take a formidable formline – they won 19 of their 20 regular season matches – into the playoffs.

“I had 15 girls to pick from and unfortunately we can only take 12,” she said.

“I think we have picked our 12 strongest. The 12 we’ve picked have never played a game all together all season because we’ve had people away, netball and work commitments.

“I just think we are extremely versatile. We have some girls playing positions one to five which is a huge advantage for us.

“It just makes us so much deeper. I can look down at the seven girls on our bench and feel comfortable with them (hitting the floor).”

Brown is anticipating a tight contest against the Giants in game one.

The Mermaids won both of their regular season contests.

“The first game was very early in the season and we won by 16 or 18 points and the last time we played them was at Coburg in the middle of the season and we beat them on the buzzer.

“Maddy White hit a buzzer-beater. We are expecting a tough, physical, close game.”

Warrnambool will host game two next Saturday night and game three, if required, next Sunday.