THERE HAS been no thoughts of rematches or of last year’s Warrnambool and District league grand final on the mind of Nirranda A grade coach Steph Townsend.
The Blues play reigning premiers Dennington on Saturday for the first time since the 17-goal defeat in last year’s decider, but Townsend and her side had focused on other thoughts since that day in September.
“I haven't put a lot of expectations on the girls, we haven't really hyped it up to be a grand final rematch,” Townsend said. “We are just going into the game trying to execute our style of play and implement some new plans into our season.
“We know they are a quality opposition, we know it's going to be a really hard fought match and we give them the utmost respect every time we play them, so we are definitely not taking it easy in any way, we are just putting the focus onto the style of netball we want to play.”
The Blues mentor said the match’s result could swing either way.
“It could be won at either goal end of the court, but in saying that Dennington’s defenders are quality and Sophie Adams and myself will have to be on top of our games to try and out play their defenders,” the goal shooter said.
“I think our defenders match up really well on them, but I think it will also be who uses the ball well and looks after it in the conditions will be where the game is won.”
Both sides come into this clash on the back of comfortable starts to the season. The Blues easily defeated East Warrnambool 95-5, while the Dogs crusied to a 43-goal victory over Kolora-Noorat.