SOME teams give coaches nightmares.
The same can be said for individual opponents.
Hampden league netball coaches are not immune.
The Standard asked the 10 clubs which rival caused them the most concern.
Skye Billings (North Warrnambool Eagles goalie)
Magpies mentor Brooke Richardson says the in-form Eagles co-coach is a multi-faceted player whose impact stems beyond goal tallies.
"Not only is she a good shooter but she is a good defender when she comes down the court," she said.
"Being aware of where she is and not giving her opponents a chance to intercept (are strong traits)."
Emma Cust (Warrnambool defender)
Bombers coach Mel Starr has worked with enough representative sides to know a standout player when she sees one.
Starr believes Cust, who has returned to the court this season, has an innate ability to step up when her side needs a boost.
"I think she is one player who can take critical intercepts at critical times and she comes out of nowhere," she said. "It's her commitment to the ball and she has complete trust in the rest of her team to cover her if she does come for the hunt. She is a beautiful player to watch and I love the way Raewyn (Poumako) coaches."
Nell Mitchell (Koroit goalie)
Kangaroos defender Jess Crane (nee McCallum) has admiration for Mitchell who is a force in the Saints' goal circle.
"I'd say Nell because of the way she holds in the ring and she must have a good relationship with her teammates because it's hard to pick off the ball when the passes are so spot on," she said.
Amy Hammond (Cobden midcourter)
Saints co-coach Stacey O'Sullivan is grateful she now has a player capable of nullifying the dynamic Hammond.
"Amy is a tricky opponent because she is so little and fast," she said.
"At least we've found someone (Zahli Adams) to go with her now but she's always been our hardest to go with.
"Because she is small, she uses her change of direction well and is so quick. She's a smart player so you have to have someone with speed who is still smart enough to go with her."
Nadine McNamara (Cobden defender)
Seagulls coach Rhiannon Cuomo believes the former Cobden coach and league best and fairest winner is a game-changer.
"I think she is physically strong and super fit and she's also a really good leader on the court," she said.
"She's really hard to combat that way."
Tigers coach Lauren Hockley is wary of any team boasting height in attack.
"Talls are our problem because we don't have a tall defence or many talls all over the court," she said.
"Their experience and accuracy (hurts us)."
Amy Wormald (Warrnambool goalie)
Roosters coach Mandy van Rooy believes Wormald is a multi-dimensional goalie who stretches opposition defences.
"She has a lot of elements to her game - she's tall, athletic, she's accurate and when she's not she's able to get her own rebounds," she said.
"Her last two years have been fantastic. She is injured and still playing pretty well. She is scary to come up against."
Amy Hammond (Cobden midcourter), Faye Clarke (Terang Mortlake midcourter)
Eagles coach Jaime Barr has picked two wing attacks as players who can get off the leash.
"Pint-sized wing attacks are always hard to match up on, particularly ones with speed (like Hammond)," she said.
"We know a bit about them, having a two-time Maskell Medallist who has traditionally been one in our side. One from left-field would be Faye Clarke from Terang.
"What do you do with a marathon runner who has played more netball collectively than some entire sides?"
Any tall goalies
Bloods coach Lisa Arundell is in a similar boat to Portland.
"It is any team with goal shooters with height because it's something we don't have is height in defence to match them," she said.
"Nell Mitchell (Koroit), Eliza Dwyer (South Warrnambool), Victoria Grundy (North Warrnambool Eagles) and Amy Wormald (Warrnambool) - those players pose a threat and I have to sit back and think about how we tackle those.
"When a team learns to feed them from the midcourt so nicely, that's what gives us headaches."
Blues coach Raewyn Poumako knows two is better than one.
"I can't name one, it's more about combos to be honest, as a coach and within our team, we don't look at one person, it's more about their combinations and what they can create," she said.
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