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Undermanned Cats host cup clash

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April 14, 2017

Lockington Bamawm's Brooke Gillies looks for a pass against Mount Pleasant.

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United’s A grade netball team will be fighting for more than a win this weekend in the Heathcote and District Netball League.

Lockington Reserve once again sets the stage for the annual Bendigo Bank Cup play-off against Elmore and both clubs are eager to get their hands on the cup.

Each of the teams are coming off a loss and are in search of their first win of the season, but the Cats are going into the game undermanned and will again be relying on bringing up A reserve players to fill positions.

Coach Kristy Roulston said while it gives players a good chance to step up to the higher grades she looked forward to having her full A grade squad back in a few weeks time.

‘‘Paige Randall and Georgie Gibbs are back this week,’’ Roulston said.

‘‘But Sarah Eade is out, who is one of our main mid-courters, and Brooke Gillies is also away this weekend.’’

Gillies was powerful in defence at the weekend and will be a significant loss, while Jane Reid is out following an injury in the game against Mount Pleasant.

Roulston wasn’t confident when Reid would be back and said the attacking line-up would take a while to work out the new combinations.

‘‘It will be nice to have our full team in next round,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s hard to get that stability and there’s then a lot of pressure on the A reserve players to step up.’’

The Cats had to call on junior players against Mounts and both showed they were up to challenge and likely to positions again this week.

‘‘I think both teams copped a tough game first-up,’’ Roulston said.

‘‘It does give me some idea about where we’re sitting and hopefully I’ll have more of an idea after this weekend.’’

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