COLAC Tigers face an imposing netball test tomorrow against reigning premier South Barwon.
South Barwon won its opening three games of 2102 by an average winning margin of 28 goals and has started the GFL netball season in ominous form.
The Tigers had an encouraging win against North Shore last week where club coaches managed to trial new attacking and midcourt combinations.
Tigers coach Rebecca Finn said Swans goalers Madison Caulfield and Sophie O’Shea were in good form.
“It’ll be very tough on Saturday, they are a pretty polished outfit,” she said.
“Their shooters have been getting high scores in the past few weeks, both have been scoring quite freely by the looks of it.
“Then also there’s Olivia Cameron in centre, she is a class player.”
Finn said the Tigers would focus on reducing unforced errors at Colac’s Central Reserve tomorrow.
“Our turnover rate especially through the third and fourth quarters has been quite high and we need to play possession netball particularly under pressure,” she said.
“I’ll be settling the attack end this week and we’ll let the girls run the game out as much as we can.”
Colac midcourter Shelley Scott might be a late inclusion for the Tigers after having a fitness test on her injured ankle last night.
Finn said Ellie Cuolahan and Tahlia Jeffries were in the mix for extended game time depending on whether Scott was available.
“I suppose it will depend on whether Shelley plays, if she doesn’t Ellie could come up and run centre again,” she said.
“I want to try and settle a bit this game and look at changes as required.”
In other GFL netball, Bell Park takes on Grovedale, Geelong West-St Peters clashes with Newtown and Chilwell, and Lara plays St Marys.
Leopold will aim to continue an unbeaten start to the season against North Shore and St Josephs hosts St Albans.