As another week approaches, many A grade netball sides will be aiming to reinforce themselves as a leading contender, while others will look to build momentum to try and stay in touch with those at the top of their respective ladders.
Week 5 preview:
Premier A Grade
Berwick v Beaconsfield
The battle of the cross-town rivals will take place this weekend on the courts of Edwin Flack Reserve. Heading into the match, Berwick are sitting in sixth position on the ladder with one win which came against Pakenham in round one. Beaconsfield are sitting in second on the ladder with three wins to their name to set themselves up as strong contenders for the remainder of the year. The Wickers will play the Eagles on Saturday 15 May at 1:55pm at Edwin Flack Reserve.
Upwey Tecoma v Cranbourne
Upwey Tecoma are sitting in fifth position on the ladder with two wins to start the season and will take on Cranbourne on their home court this weekend. Led by their coach David O’Hare, the Tigers are in the frame to make the finals if they can maintain their good form. Having won only one game to date, the Eagles will be aiming to try and turn their season around this weekend when they match up against the home side. The Tigers will play the Eagles at Upwey Recreation Reserve on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Upwey Recreation Reserve.
Woori Yallock v Doveton
A good match up will take place at Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve, with Woori Yallock playing Doveton. With the Tigers winning only one game so far this season, the clear aim this weekend will be to get another win on the board in order to remain in touch with the leading contenders in the competition. Yet to win a game this year, Doveton will be keen to get their first victory to try and get their season back on track. The Tigers will take on the Doves on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve.
Wandin v Pakenham
Winning two games to start their season and sitting in second position on the ladder, Wandin will be looking to carry on the momentum of their good start to remain a strong contender in the A grade competition. Pakenham are yet to win a game in 2021 and will be going into the match with the clear aim to get their first win on the board to stay in touch with the remainder of the competition. The Bulldogs will match up against the Lions on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Wandin North Recreation Reserve.
Division 1 A Grade
Mount Evelyn v Monbulk
The ‘Outer East Match of the Round’ will see Mount Evelyn take on Monbulk at Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve. The Rovers will be aiming to continue the momentum they started last week when they grabbed their first win of the season against Belgrave. Now sitting in seventh spot on the ladder, they will come up against a Monbulk outfit who have won two games to be in third position on the ladder. The coaches Kaitlyn Black and Christina Puopolo will be aiming for clear success this weekend as they look to take their sides further up the division one ladder. The Rovers will take on the Hawks on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve.
Belgrave v Gembrook Cockatoo
Belgrave will host Gembrook Cockatoo this weekend at Belgrave Recreation Reserve. Yet to win a match this season, the Magpies will be out to try and obtain their first win of the year, while the Brookers will be aiming for their third win of the season to maintain their top five spot on the ladder. Led by coaches Krystyna Gabell and Shanae Ingram, both sides will be aiming to put on a competitive outing for their respective clubs. The Magpies will take on the Brookers on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Belgrave Recreation Reserve.
Emerald v Berwick Springs
Emerald will host Berwick Springs on their home court at Chandler Reserve. The Bombers will aim to consolidate their position in fourth on the ladder to cement themselves as a leading contender for finals at the end of the season. The Titans, on the other hand, have one victory to their name this season and will seek to add another win to get themselves back in contention for finals. The Bombers will take on the Titans on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Chandler Reserve.
ROC v Healesville
Coming off a bye last weekend, ROC will set out to continue its undefeated streak of victories this season when they take on Healesville at Officer Recreation Reserve. Sitting in second spot on the ladder, the Kangaroos have stamped themselves as one of the leading contenders this season and will now set out to continue its streak of good luck as they go throughout the season. The Bloods have two wins to their name in 2021 and under the guidance of coach Nicole Schoch, will be seeking to add to its win tally. The Kangaroos will take on the Bloods on Saturday 15 May at 3pm at Officer Recreation Reserve.
Division 2 A Grade
Yea v Alexandra
Yea will look to continue its dominant, undefeated start to the season to maintain its position on top of the ladder when they take on Alexandra at Yea Recreation Reserve this weekend. Under the guidance of Gaby Duncan and Tayissa Coppinger, the Tigers have staked their claim as an early contender for finals and will be aiming for its fifth victory this season. Grabbing its first win of the season last week, the Rebels will seek to continue the momentum they gained as they go for two wins in a row. The Tigers will take on the Rebels on Saturday 15 May at 1:45pm at Yea Recreation Reserve.
Yarra Junction v Powelltown
Yarra Junction will take on Powelltown this weekend at Yarra Junction Recreation Reserve. Coming off a loss last week and sitting in sixth on the ladder with one victory, the Eagles will be aiming for a win to get themselves back in contention with the leading clubs and move themselves up the ladder. Sitting in fifth with two wins after just getting over the line last week, the Demons will move further up the ladder should they get the victory over the home side. Yarra Junction take on Powelltown on Saturday 15 May at 1:45pm at Yarra Junction Recreation Reserve.
Broadford v Yarra Glen
Playing on their home court this week, Broadford will face off against Yarra Glen with a victory the clear aim for the side. If the Kangaroos are able to pull it off, they will move further up the ladder to reinforce themselves as a leading contender in division two. Going down in the Pride Cup match last week, Yarra Glen will be out for redemption with a victory providing the chance for the River Pigs to maintain their place in third on the ladder. Broadford will play Yarra Glen on Saturday 15 May at 1:45pm at Broadford Recreation Reserve.
Warburton Millgrove v Kinglake
Warburton Millgrove will aim for two wins in a row this weekend as they take on Kinglake on their home court at Warburton Recreation Reserve. Sitting in equal first on the ladder with four undefeated wins, the Burras have cemented themselves as leading contenders for the 2021 season. Yet to win a game this year, the Lakers are striving for their first win in 2021, which coach Latota Wards will be using as a motivator to get its first win on the board. The Burras will take on the Lakers on Saturday 15 May at 1:45pm at Warburton Recreation Reserve.