Tigers prepare for finals tilt

Veteran midcourter Chris Boyd in action for the A grade side.

WOORNDOO Mortlake is setting themselves for another Mininera and District Netball Association finals campaign following a strong 2018 season.

The Tigers finished the home and away rounds in convincing fashion, recording a 74-20 victory over Hawkesdale Macarthur.

While the victory was not enough to push Woorndoo Mortlake into first spot, the Tigers will still be the beneficiary of a double chance after finishing second to Tatyoon.

Tigers coach Georgia Muir said losing just one game for the season was a credit to her side and added the year overall “had been good”.

Muir said her side had 11 players take to the court this season as a result of injuries and unavailability.

She said with the changes in personnel, her side has been able to try different combinations and structures across the season, improving their versatility.

“I think obviously a huge positive is finishing second on the ladder,” Muir said.

“We’ve only had one loss to Tatyoon, which was by three.

“We’ve been able to build momentum across the season.”

Muir said the Hawks were the team to beat this season after two clashes saw very little separate the two sides.

The Tigers won the first match-up 43-42 in round five, before Tatyoon exacted revenge in the return clash, winning 42-39 in round 15.

Muir said the contests had become close natured in recent times, which included last season’s decider.

“We played them in the grand final last year and won by four,” she said.

“We’ve always had really close battles against them.”

This weekend, Woorndoo Mortlake will take on Penshurst, a side the Tigers defeated by 17 goals in round 13.

Muir is expecting the Bombers’ line-up to be different to what they faced that day and said along with the rise in intensity and stakes, a close battle should ensue.

“They had a couple of injuries in that game, so we’ve got to take that into consideration along with finals being a whole new ball game,” she said.

“But we’ll focus on playing our own game.”

Muir said the side has a “set line-up of seven” that will play on Saturday, with the Tigers working on their consistency in the last month of home and away fixtures.

She is hopeful that consistency will hold her and her charges in good stead for what is to come, with the Tigers eager to achieve bigger goals.

However, Muir knows there is plenty of netball to be played yet, and remains focused on controlling their destiny against Penshurst first.

“Ultimately our goal is to make it into the grand final and go on and win three in a row,” she said.

“But we’ll take each week as it comes.

“Our short term focus is on beating Penshurst this week.”

In the remaining games against the Hawks, B grade won 55-19, the C grade and 15 and under teams won by forfeit and the 13 and under side was defeated 20-3.

B grade and C grade both finished second on the ladder and will play in qualifying finals against Tatyoon on Saturday.

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