Mowers aim for another grand final

By Andrew Johnston

THE start of spring should be a celebration for most, as early September brings us out of the colder months.

For the netballers of the Murray League, the heat is on in more ways than one.

As Katandra warms up to 23 degrees on Sunday afternoon, Moama's netballers enter their element.

The Magpies are one step away from the grand final and a shot at claiming three consecutive Murray Netball League premierships, with the side to clash with the Deniliquin Rams on Sunday afternoon.

And the Mowers are ready to line up against the side they beat in the 2018 grand final.

"Everyone is really excited, though a bit nervous, for the weekend," Moama co-coach Alex Daly said.

"Obviously we played them last year in the grand final, and they will be playing a side pretty similar to the line up of that game. We know they will be fighting for redemption, so there will be another element to the game.

"But we are really looking forward to the contest. It's going to be pretty hot this weekend, and those are the conditions that we really love to play in, so we are ready for the game to come along."

While Moama are one of the most skilled sides in the competition, their fitness has long been their ultimate asset, with the ability to carve sides up with their running - especially when warmer weather sets in.

"Hopefully it plays a big part," Daly said.

"It's going to get warmer next weekend as well, so hopefully it can be good preparation. We would have preferred to have played on Saturday and had the extra days to recover if we get into the grand final, but we trust our preparation and our fitness, so hopefully it is able to give us an advantage this week."

While the Mowers could be just two games away from claiming their three-peat, Daly says very little has been said about the milestone in recent weeks.

"We haven't focused on it," she said.

"There is no doubt it is in the back of the minds of some of the girls who have appeared in the first two flags, but for the whole side the focus is on what happens next. It's on building towards getting back into the grand final, and that comes from getting the win this weekend."