NNSW Waratahs ready to fight for Finals berth

A finals berth is on the line for the Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs this weekend when they travel to Victoria for Week 7 of the 2014 Australian Netball League.

The NSW team currently sit in third place on the ladder and getting just one win from their two matches this weekend would all but secure a place in the Finals regardless of other results, thanks to an impressive goals differential record.

The 2013 Runners-Up have a tough fixture against the home teams at Waverley Netball Centre, taking on competition frontrunners Victorian Fury this Saturday 16 August from 7:00pm and fourth-placed Victorian Flames on Sunday 17 August from 12:00pm.

The Fury boast an impressive seven players with ANZ Championship experience, including 2015 NSW Swifts recruit Erin Hoare, and have not lost a game since the 2012 season.

Despite what is riding on the result, NNSW Waratahs Head Coach Anita Keelan said her team will approach this weekend as they would any other.

“We’re just looking ahead one game at a time, all those clichés – that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Keelan said.

“We’ve really got to stick to our own game and play the sort of netball that we know works for us.

“We’ve got to be absolutely committed in defence and really make sure we look after the ball as it’s coming down the court and do the little things well, [that’s] what is going to be a key for us over the weekend – no silly mistakes.”

The NNSW Waratahs come into the crucial Week 7 fixtures on the back of an impressive 69-36 win over fellow Netball NSW stablemates, the NNSW Blues, last night (Wednesday 13 August) at the Anne Clark Centre.

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“We won’t train between now and flying down to Victoria… we’ll have to recover and try and rest up… and give it our best shot on the weekend,” Keelan said.

The NNSW Waratahs have had mixed fortunes against the Victorian teams with the Fury only just holding bragging rights in their head-to-head count (4-5); last year’s Grand Final split the difference with Fury winning the Premiership – while the NSW side twice accounted for the Flames in the second Victorian team’s first season in the competition last year.

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2014 Australian Netball League – Week 7 Fixture
Waverley Netball Centre, VIC
Sat 16 Aug Victorian Fury v NNSW Waratahs @ 7:00pm
Victorian Flames v QLD Fusion @ 8:30pm
Sun 17 Aug Victorian Fury v QLD Fusion @ 10:00am
Victorian Flames v NNSW Waratahs @ 12:00pm
Marrara Indoor Stadium, NT
Sat 16 Aug Territory Storm v Tassie Spirit @ 4:30pm
Southern Force v Western Sting @ 6:30pm
Sun 17 Aug Territory Storm v Southern Force @ 8:00am
Western Sting v Tassie Spirit @ 9:30am