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52 SPORT FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 A possible grand final preview will highlight the penultimate minor round of the Club Eastside A-grade competition at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre tomorrow. Federal Trusty Glass and Seasons Lasseters have earned their first and second spots on the ladder by their performances through the season and results in the final two weeks will not change them. Undefeated Federal have set the standard from round one and although Wests Gillen Club pulled them down a little last week, Federal can be expected to bounce back this week. This is unfortunate for Seasons which has endured a mixed season with injuries and player unavailability that has stretched the clubs reserves to the limit at times. Federal, although it has missed players at various times during the season, has had the depth of talent to seamlessly cover anyone missing. The team is so well balanced that it is hard to pinpoint the strongest area there are no weaknesses when everyone is playing at 100 per cent. Seasons will be sweating on the fitness of veteran Darrelle Windsor who was forced from the court at three-quarter time last week. Windsor, who is well supported by versatile Ra Sim, is a vital cog in the team linking Seasons strong defence with the dangerous attack of Mai Segi and Bec Ford. This combination in attack Steve Menzies NETBALL will take a big defensive effort especially to curtail Fords ability to feed Segi the ball under the post. But the Federal circle defenders Katelyn Henood and Tahlia Lee are in top form and will be up to the challenge. This game will be played from 5pm. The early game between Wests and Neata Glass Giants should enable Wests to regain third position with a convincing win if they play with the intensity of their second half performance against Federal last week. An extra incentive is that Giants won their previous encounter, a loss which will prevent Wests from second sport and the double chance in the finals next month. But if Wests reproduce their first half, especially the second quarter, performance from last week Giants will be in with a good chance to win their second game. But to do this Giants will need their full team. The combination of Margaret Smith and Kathleen Carlile has worked for Wests in the defensive circle but the side is having trouble settling on an attack end. Jordann Hickey is a lock for the goal attack role but needs a regular partner to settle a combination for the centre court players Monique Chong and Lauren Wapling to feed the ball into. This is Wests final outing before the finals and coach Smith will be looking for a solid four quarter performance to take into the important games to come. Top two eager to put down marker Kathleen Carlile has made a successful move from attack to defence for Wests Gillen Club this year. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Gabby Coffey warming up to play for the SIS/SAS team at the 20 & Under Netball Development Tournament, Picture: NARELLE SPANGHER LINING up against players up to four years her elder and in the Australian under-20 squad was a nervous experience for Centralian teenager Gabby Coffey before she hit the court. Coffey was in the SIS/SAS team playing against teams from New Zealand and England as well as the two Australian squad teams from Thursday through to Sunday. Playing mainly as goal keeper for a half in the round robin, she helped her team to defeat all comers apart from the national squad before the finals. It was an absolutely amazing experience I did not Mixing it with older players great experience for impressive Gabby want to leave, she said. It was the best competition that I have ever been involved in due to the standard of players and coaches. Our team was all juniors and I was youngest. Before the first game, when we were playing against the Aussie squad which had squad members of ANZ teams in it, I was so nervous. But everyone was so good and it was a really good development for me. I must have grown since the under-17 national development squad camp because I was the second tallest defender in the team so they played me goal keeper with a couple of runs at goal defence instead of the wing. I was surprised by the amount of court time I was given. The other players were older. The 20/U International Series is a friendly tournament made possible thanks to the support of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association through its NextGEN AUSComGames program. Its aim is to provides an opportunity for young athletes to gain valuable international match play. Coffey said there were a lot of Netball Australia officials watching the games but she was not spoken to about her playing future or leaving Alice Springs. So it was straight back into the routine for Coffey with training on the outside courts at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre, after her seven games at the Netball Australias Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, on Tuesday night in preparation for her A-reserve game with Federal Trusty Glass last night. It will be Coffeys final game with the team this season as she leaves for an exchange to San Franciso, USA next week. I like playing with the team which has a mix of youngsters and some older players, Coffey said. It has been really good how far we have come this year. Coffeys team is second on the ladder to sister side Federal Landmark. From Back Page