HDFNL | Rivals LBU, LG set to face off

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Courtside: Leitchville Gunbower in action against Huntly last round. Photo:Tina Prout

League rivals Lockington Bamawm United and Leitchville Gunbower are set to face off on the netball court on Saturday, with plenty to play for in the lead up to finals.

The Cats sit in the middle of a tight race to finish inside the top five, while the Bombers will almost certainly need a win to keep their hopes of finals netball alive.

Four points would be crucial for both sides, with just three wins separating third and ninth on the HDNL ladder. LBU (4-6) sits in fifth spot, with LG (2-7) in eighth.

Both teams have enjoyed successful campaigns in 2022 after difficult seasons last year. The Cats were winless in 2021 while LG claimed just one victory, with the fact that they are in finals contention a big boost for both sides.

On the football field, the rivals will face off on Saturday having experienced very different seasons on the park.

LBU sits in top spot after a win last weekend against Heathcote moved it ahead of Colbinabbin, while the Bombers’ loss to Huntly saw them drop to the foot of the ladder.

Bombers coach Tim Bannan said it would be fantastic if his side could cause the upset of the season.

“It would be awesome for our playing group and it would be awesome for our club to get a win,” he said. “You can never say never.”

Realistically, the Bombers are unlikely to get a win, but Bannan said there were still other goals he’d like to see his side hit.

“We know that they are a brilliant side. For me, I want to see us hold our structures for the whole game. I would really like to see our forwards put defensive pressure on when it is inside our 50.”

Star ruckman Jobee Warde will return to the line-up for the Bombers, after missing last week’s clash.