Tatyoon prepares for grand final clash with Hawkesdale-Macarthur | Mininera and District Netball Association

The 2016 17 and under Hawks team finished runner-up after losing the grand final.
The 2016 17 and under Hawks team finished runner-up after losing the grand final.

Tatyoon will face off against Hawkesdale-Macarthur in the 17 and under grand final on Saturday.

These sides last met in round eight where the Hawks were comfortable winners.

However, having only met once this season, it will be interesting to see how this match plays out.

The Eagles are playing a strong brand of netball currently and if all seven girls can bring their best, they are certainly capable of coming away with the win.

Tatyoon's goalies, Georgia Culph and Sarah Phillips, will be important.

Culph was dominant the last time they played the Eagles whilst Phillips had a brilliant game in the Hawks' semi final win.

The Eagles defenders, Sophie Hines and Kyra Blake will need to be on top of their game if they are to stop these Hawks from influencing the result.

Hines was tight on her opponent in the preliminary final whilst Blake stopped the opposition shooter from holding under the post.

They will need this same effort if they are to keep Culph and Phillips relatively quiet.

Phillips works the ring with pace and efficiency until she is in a comfortable scoring range.

She is able to create space in tight situations and has strong hands.

At the other end of the court it is sure to be a great match up between Hawks defender Alice Astbury and Eagles goalie Taylah Sharrock.

While Sharrock has the height, Astbury has agility which should make for an intriguing contest.

Sharrock has been important for the Eagles in recent weeks, shooting and rebounding well and has played lots of senior netball which will hold her in good stead for the pressures of a grand final.

Hawkesdale-Macarthur will be hoping Sharrock can continue with another great performance this week.

She will need to be patient and capitalise on her opportunities as Astbury rarely gives you a second chance.

Astbury is a brilliant reader of the play and moves the ball quickly out of defence and through the midcourt to the Hawks goalies.

The Eagles will need to take confidence from their preliminary final win and fight til the end in this match, whilst the Hawks will be keen to continue their form after a week off and win the match after finishing runner-up in 2016.

The 17 and under season decider is set for a 11.15am start