COLAC Tigers netballers are preparing to take on star goaler Bree Cail and her Leopold teammates.
Cail, a GFL team of the year representative, made the switch from Geelong West-St Peters to Leopold this season and the Lions have rocketed up the GFL netball standings.
Leopold sits second on the table with seven wins and one loss including victories against finals contenders St Marys and Bell Park.
The Lions finished outside finals in seventh place last season.
Tigers coach Rebecca Finn said she hadn’t seen the Lions play, but Cail and fellow recruit Kaitlyn Amor made them a tough proposition.
“I know they have recruited heavily in the off season,” she said.
“Bree Cail has come across for them and across the board they are quite tall.
“They played Geelong West last week and beat them by 14 goals; when we played Geelong West we lost by 10 goals.
“I just sort of gauge off past results to get a guide, you don’t know with match ups until you see them but they’ll be very tough.”
The Tigers take an unchanged line-up into the clash against the Lions at Colac’s Central Reserve.
Finn said playing 60 minutes of consistent netball was the main aim for the Tigers.
“We need our concentration to stay across the board for the whole four quarters,” she said.
“We also need to work on things we can improve on and as long as we can show improvement each week I’m happy.”
In other GFL netball games, Grovedale battles Bell Park, Newtown and Chilwell hosts North Shore and reigning premier South Barwon plays Lara.
Top of the table St Marys plays St Albans and St Josephs clashes with Geelong West-St Peters.