Echuca's B grade netball side is ready to take on Shepparton United in Sunday's Goulburn Valley Netball League grand final.By Luke McManus
Echuca coach Gina Pearson believes her side can cause an upset and claim the Goulburn Valley Netball Association B grade premiership on Sunday.
The Bombers face Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve for the fourth and final time in 2013, hoping to turn the tables on the flag favourites who have dealt Echuca’s only three losses of the season.
‘‘The grand final has been our ultimate goal since the start of the season,’’ Pearson said.
‘‘After about the first six rounds we had belief that is a real possibility.
‘‘Now that we are here, we are focused on that major prize and, although we haven’t beaten United yet, we still have a firm belief that we have the talent to achieve it.’’
Strong showings against the competition’s benchmark, on top of strong form of recent weeks, will bode well for the Bombers.
A superb 55-41 win against Shepparton Swans in the semi-final and a gutsy 40-37 preliminary final victory against Shepparton Bears saw the Murray Bombers take their place in the finale.
Pearson believes her side’s defensive pressure and accurate goalers will be catalysts for an Echuca victory on Sunday.
‘‘Our defensive team of Tamara Nicholls and Maree Gray have been superb all year,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve been well supported by our full court defensive pressure with particular focus from Ebony Butler, Jane Emonson and Kristen Orr.
‘‘Our attacking end has been very accurate, while the delivery from our centre court has shown precision.
‘‘The attacking end has had the experience of Sherri Barden and the youth of Bree Gilmour, Ella Scales and Shantelle Worsnop, who all bring a very different style to the court.’’
The availability of Leah Smith is still up in the air due to a knee injury, but Pearson said her speed and control in attack would be a key to the side’s success, if she played.
‘‘The team is extremely fit and very cohesive, and I’m sure they’ll all bring a never say die approach to the match,’’ she said.
The first whistle will be blown at 12.15pm.
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