Teams set for final round-robin clashes

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The round-robin phase will come to its conclusion tomorrow at the Taward St netball courts to find the top four for the play-off stage.

An all St Kevin’s tie will kick off the day’s action at noon. Both sides are coming off the back of defeats, with winless snr B sitting at the bottom of the points table.

Valley Gold will lock horns with Eastern in the second.

Eastern was on the end of 36-22 mauling from Excelsior in its last outing and will face a tough test in Valley, which has only been downed once this campaign.

“We will be going into this week with a win on our mind,” said Eastern coach Carmen Brenssell.

“Our defence end has a big task ahead of them to break down Valley’s strong attack.

“Last week when trailing gave us an opportunity to try combinations under pressure so we now no what does and what doesn’t work.

“We’re still light on numbers but have people at key positions, so it should be a good battle.

“Whatever happens, Valley and us will be be playing off for semis next week as we will be second or third.”

Gold was back to winning ways with a 34-26 victory over holder SKC snr A last Saturday.

Waitaki Wildfire will take on Excelsior to end the day’s action.

Wildfire has found its form, adding to SKC snr B’s already dismal string of defeats in its last outing.

Blues’ player Paula Symes is expecting a tough fixture with the schoolgirls.

“Waitaki have some very good talent in their team and obviously have youth and speed on their side,” she said.

“They will also be really keen to secure a semi final spot so I imagine they will be throwing everything they have at us.

“However, if we stick to our own game and limit our mistakes we should be fine.”

Blues is at the tables summit on16 points followed by Valley Gold on 13, Eastern on 12 and Waitaki tied with SKC snr A in fourth on four while SKC snr B holds up the rest on 0.

Saturday’s Division 1.1 fixtures:

Valley Gold v Eastern A 1pm

SKC Snr A v SKC Snr B 12pm

Excelsior v Waitaki Wildfire 2pm