ATTACK and defence will be a crucial part of Colac netball export Georgia Berry’s game in a Victorian Netball League final this weekend.
Berry will line up in goals for City West Falcons in their VNL 19-and-under grand final against Boroondara Genesis at Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre.
But Berry might also have to shut down dangerous Genesis goaler Emma Ryde-Coad.
City West coach Marg Lind said Berry would be a vital ingredient for the Falcons’ push towards winning a VNL premiership.
“Georgia is one of our critical players and offers us the option of defence as well which could be important against this team,” she said.
“Genesis has a really tall goal shooter around the six-foot-six mark and Georgia is one of our players who can match her height.
“It’ll be a tough ask this week and she has to make sure she has the awareness of playing goals and if necessary go up the other end and play defence.”
Berry had made the move from defence to attack this year and netted 31 goals in the Falcons’ semi-final win against Ballarat Pride.
The Geelong-West St Peters goaler won a spot in a Netball Victoria elite development squad headed by Lind.
City West is undefeated this season and Lind said she hoped the players ended the year on a high tomorrow night.
“The 19s have had an excellent season, there’s no denying that but obviously we’d like to finish it off with a win,” Lind said.
“The player development has been very good and we think we have some athletes with long-term potential in our squad,” she said.
“We’ve developed the mindset a bit better this year and the players have been willing to do the hard yards in the gym, which I think has made a huge difference.”