Tatyoon face off against Moyston-Willaura | Mininera and District Netball Association

Jacqui Eastick

Jacqui Eastick

Tatyoon will look to continue its unbeaten run in the A Grade competition when it faces Moyston-Willaura on Saturday.

The Hawks have won all four matches to open the season and will go into the match as favourites but will need to be at their best to knock off the Pumas.

The Pumas will take confidence from their match last week as they drew with last year’s runners-ups, Glenthompson-Dunkeld.

Although potentially a missed opportunity, the Pumas held the lead for the majority of last week’s match, it did once again show that they are capable of playing strong netball against the top teams.

Pumas will be hoping that they can back it up by playing four quality quarters and take home the full points this week.

To do that they will need to overpower Tatyoon, who have been a formidable unit thus far and will be determined to continue their dominance.

The Pumas defence will need to be on point as the Hawks’ goal circle, made up of Lauren McCarthy and Maggie Astbury who have been in blistering form.

They have been given plenty of opportunities in the circle, with accurate and creative passing from Jacqueline McDougall.

Pumas’ Kira Stapleton has been in good form this season but is yet to settle into one position.

She was strong last week in defence and will need her patience and versatility if the Pumas are to unsettle the Hawks on the court in the round five match.

She will also need help from Rommy Nicht and Melinda Beal who both played solid games in defence for the Pumas in their last encounter.

Tatyoon have a settled line-up that is playing quick, exciting netball whilst the Pumas continue to determine their strongest combinations on court and use their versatility to their advantage.

The top four match will be a pivotal one and will likely shape the ladder with both teams confident of playing finals.