Bombers take aim at grand final berth

By Andrew Johnston

ECHUCA's A grade netball is one win away from returning to the Goulburn Valley League grand final.

A year after claiming the honours as the competition's premiers, Echuca is battling to get back to the final day of the year, and for a chance to claim back-to-back flags.

To get there, they have to go through the side who claimed the minor premiership of the competition, Shepparton United.

The Bombers are also buoyed by two wins against the Demons this season.

Two days out from the clash, Echuca coach Gina Pearson seems far from daunted by the task ahead.

"We're all really excited, finals does that to you," she said.

"Every game you get to play in finals is pretty exciting, so we can't wait to get out there."

It's born of a confidence from not only their previous wins against the Demons, but a line ball one-goal loss to Seymour last week in the second semi-final.

"Obviously we would like to have gone straight into the grand final and not being involved this week," she said.

"But we've performed well recently and we have a good feeling going into this week. There hasn't been much change in how we prepare. We still want to improve on our game, in the same way the Demons want to improve on theirs. 

"We were probably a bit more relaxed in our training this week. We typically do fitness work on a Tuesday night, but we've gotten to a point now where we probably can't see a lot of improvement there. Our focus has been on skill and making sure we are as ready for the match on that front as possible."

While the Bombers are as calm as a side can be while standing on the edge of a second grand final, not much has been said around the group about last year's premiership win.

"Not at all," she said.

"We aren't looking that far forward. When you start looking ahead like that, you trip and fall. We spent Sunday ruing the loss, but now we've moved on and are focusing on getting this win.

"We haven't come back and played that well after having a week off so far, so in many ways that probably works our advantage going into Sunday's game, not having to wait that week to get back on the court."