Excelsior look for final redemption

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Two teams remain to scrap it out in tomorrow’s North Otago netball final as Eastern lock horns with Excelsior at the Taward St courts.

Eastern downed Valley in a 29-28 thriller to book a place in the final last weekend, whilst Blues sent last year’s winners, SKC snr A packing with a convincing 44-18 victory.

Excelsior’s Paula Symes said her players were up for the challenge but anticipate a tough tie.

“Our girls are expecting the game to be an extremely tough contest, In saying that the Excelsior girls are pumped and ready,”she said.

“Both sides share plenty of experience and talent so it will really come down to who can pull it together and play well on court this Saturday.

“Our Excelsior side has become an even closer team unit over the last few weeks and we look forward to our final challenge for the 2013 season.”

Tomorrow’s clash will be the last for Eastern coach Carmen Brenssell but the veteran hopes to end her illustrious career on a high.

“Blues will not want to go down in a final two years in a row, so I think they will be going onto that court with a lot of heart on Saturday,” she said.

“It is going to be a tough game with either side not wanting to give an inch. Breaking down their mid court into the shoots will be our huge task.

“We are treating Saturday as just another Saturday game, and trying not to over analyse the task ahead of us – We will be keeping to our normal weekly routine.

“We have not had much consistency over the last few weeks, so I guess I’m more nervous on what we are going to bring to the game than how Excelsior is.

“I hope we are going to build on our great game from last Saturday. We are a close knit team, let’s hope we have left the best for last.”

Valley will take on SKC snr A in the day’s curtain raiser to battle it out for third place.

Valley have had the better of head-to-head fixtures this term but coach Abbey Kingan is expecting an alacritous tempo from the school girls.

“Playing for third is always a challenge as no one really wants to play it,” she said.

“We will expect SKC to want to finish their season on a high.”

“We have a point to prove after last week’s one goal narrow loss.

“Last training tonight (yesterday) which we will enjoy and train hard, focusing the team back to playing against the faster type of play that school girls bring.”

Saturday’s fixtures:

Valley vs SKC snr A, 2pm

Eastern vs Excelsior, 3pm