ARARAT Rats netball A Grade side will focus on team cohesion to pull them through what coach Taylor Mason said will be a tough game.
The side will face the Horsham Demons in the next round of the Wimmera League season on Saturday at Ararat's home ground in Alexandra Oval.
"I think it will be one of the toughest even though we haven't had an easy run at all," she said.
"The standard of netball in the Wimmera is really good.
"Every game we play is a tough game but I think this one coming up with be a test to see where we're actually at."
Thursday night training focused on pulling all of the strengths of the players together, Mason said.
"I think we just need just a bit of team cohesion," she said.
"I think week after week there's been something missing in our side and I think that is a little bit of team cohesion, so we just need to build that in the side so we can put all our skills together a bit more easily."
Mason said it will come down to a bit of team bonding.
"I think just spending some time together; after training we headed around to the club rooms to have some dinner with the footballers and get a bit of bonding through that," she said.
As to the match itself, Mason said the team will have a slight home ground advantage but will also be a bit "depleted."
"I think it's definitely an advantage (to play a home game) but I think in netball more so it's the fact that you've got your home crowd around you a little bit more," she said.
"Compared to football there's not quite so much of a home ground advantage as they get but you can definitely thrive off your home game advantage for sure.
"We will be a little bit depleted on the weekend. We will be without Megan Shea who is obviously one of the key players in our club.
"But I have faith in all our players."
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