Blues start favourites against Ramblers in RMNA

Control: Mannum's Deanna Smith looks to pass the ball to a team-mate in her side's round two loss to Imperials.

Control: Mannum's Deanna Smith looks to pass the ball to a team-mate in her side's round two loss to Imperials.

Round three starts off this week with the game of the round first up.

Imperials take on Ramblers and everyone can expect to see a very good, competitive game of netball, played at its best between these two clubs.

Both teams have very experienced players and combinations now established within team dimensions of what does and what does not work well.

Although Imperials may still be settling their team into its strongest combination, the decision must be proving tough for coach Carrie Daniels, as all 10 players she is currently using are all working really well together, as the result last week against arch rivals Mannum showed.

Ramblers however are coming off of a forced two week break after only one week of game time so should be really fresh and ready to play.

Second game of the round is between Tailem Bend and Meningie, this should also be a very interesting game, as traditionally Tailem usually holds the upper hand against their southern rivals, but the tables may be easily turned in favour of the Bears.

Lastly but certainly not least is our Anzac game with Jervois hosting Mannum. It is always a special occasion in which to participate in any sport and both of these clubs are yet to gain any points, so both teams will be looking for this game with grim determination.

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Imperials v Ramblers

Ramblers were last season’s big improvers and this year promises to be just as memorable for all the right reasons. Beating Mannum in round one was certainly the start Ramblers coach Shirley Hartman would have loved but certainly not expected, but it is exactly what her team gave her.

Imperials are yet to finalise their starting combination, after losing two of their experienced mid court players from last year it is taking a little while to settle their replacements.

This however is the week that all at Imperials would like to see their team at its best, because that is what they will need if they want to continue with that winning feeling.

Ramblers will indeed be no pushover for the Blues, they will need to work hard in each area of the court if they want to win more ball than the Roosters.

Imperials shooters Jenna Daniels, Olivia Scholz and Casey Gregory can make any combination of the three work well and although Gregory has a niggling injury she will do what is necessary if put to the task.

They will face Ramblers defensive team of Jessica Hein, Annie O’Neil and Sam Kluske, although relatively less experienced than the Blues shooters all three of the Roosters players will give one hundred percent of themselves to each and every challenge they will face, and youth may just win the day, but the Blues will win the height battle within the circle for any rebounding opportunities.

The centre position will be an interesting one especially if Imperials Simone Cocks lines up on Ramblers Nikki Dougall, both players are very bodily tough and neither player is shy of competing for the ball, this could be a contest well worth watching, or not as we might yet see Scholz wear the centre bib for the Blues.

Finally the Ramblers goal end will see Allison Anderson line up against the Ramblers stalwart Tania McFee, this will again provide spectators with a very interesting battle as both players many years ago were team mates, so should know each other very well.

Imperials will have the advantage of numbers and have shown in previous seasons and in games so far this season, that they are not afraid to make changes and run fresh legs.

This will be an aspect of the game Hartman is only too well aware of so she will have some plans up her sleeves to counteract that style of play from the Blues.

This will be a blinder of a game to go and watch this week, most people will say an easy win to the Blues but the Ramblers players want this win and they want it quite badly, so they will not be afraid to go after the two points with some conviction.

Imperials still should take out the win in this game but it is only a matter of time before Ramblers reach their best.

Tailem Bend v Meningie

Tailem Bend are yet to secure premiership points so far this season as they have only played one game and that was a loss to Mypolonga.

Hosting the Bears, the Eagles we see this game as their chance of getting on the table, however as we are only too well aware of, Meningie is not the team Tailem faced last season, so the Eagles had better beware, their job is going to be a lot harder.

With Kirstie Gregory a full time member of the Tailem team this year, it is the only change that Meningie will need to address in team plans. However for Tailem it is the dead opposite they will need to take into account a significant change to the Bears line up.

Tailem coach Trudy Connolly, new to running the team this season will be only too aware that Meningie nearly accomplished the impossible by taking out Imperials in the first round, so she will know that this game will be no walk in the park for her girls.

Tailem do not have a lot of height within their team with only about three of the team having any size to their advantage, whereas Meningie have probably more tall players than they do short.

Although height is generally seen as a major advantage new Bears coach Liv Gallio will need to not under estimate the speed and strength of the Tailem centre court players, for they are no easy beats.

This will also be an interesting game to watch as these two teams have always competed against each other for that fourth spot in the finals, and although Meningie certainly look like this year will be their best year yet, Tailem Bend are going to have to fight for any and all advantages that they can.

At this stage of the season and with only one game so far I feel that this game will go to Meningie, but Tailem will learn from the encounter.

Jervois v Mannum

This game is a contest between the two clubs currently sitting at the bottom of the table, with neither team having secured any points yet.

This would be a rarity for Mannum as they have been traditionally strong, however as most clubs know there is always a time needed to rebuild, and both of these teams are going through that process this season.

Jervois have had two good games so far this year and did have high hopes of just pushing the top teams that little bit harder than before.

Although Jervois coach Tracey Kennett will still hold those plans solidly in her mind the job has been made harder with the sad loss of Courtney Afford. However new player Brianna Burt seems to be settling in quite well in the goal circle with Emily Hill and does bring a new style of play to the team.

Also to the benefit of Jervois is the defensive combination of Leanne Hein and Kylie Mathewson. Tall players they will make the Mannum combination work hard for every shooting opportunity that comes Mannum’s way.

The Roos have some players from past seasons but also so young up and coming players, and these young players are finding the difference between playing in juniors a lot different to playing in the A grade team for their club.

Each week Mannum coach Nicky Smith is seeing these younger players improve step by step, and is hopeful that it will not be too much longer before they can really seize the style of play, the determination needed, and what equates to just the guts needed to play at this level of competition.

With this game being the Anzac Day game of the round both clubs would dearly love to take away the bragging rights and points for the game, however I believe the experience of players like Amy Loechel, Tracey Dabinett and Deanna Smith will work in favour of the Roos in gaining their first points of the season.​

- Pat Brown

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