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Preliminary Final Preview - EDFL Women's

By JULIA MONTESANO


PASCOE VALE v SUNBURY KANGAROOS

Sunday 2pm @ Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve

THE prospect of Pascoe Vale gearing up to play after a week off is frightening for any team.

The Sunbury Kangaroos will face the red-hot Panthers this week and come into this game off a heartbreaking loss and a comfortable win, so this game is unpredictable.

Going through the home-and-away season undefeated means Pascoe Vale will start favourites in this match, thanks to weapons like captain, Bridgette Aparo and explosive forward, Siobhan Carlton.

The list of players to watch doesn’t end there though, as the Panthers have incredible depth in their side.

With a midfield line-up of Aimee Whelan and Emily Bof and talent inside 50 such as Sarah Theuma, the Panthers could cause headaches for the Kangaroos.

But Sunbury has every chance to match them, as it came within four points of fellow premiership contenders, Burnside Heights.

Tara Crisp will be invaluable up forward with her strong hands and accurate kicking, which will hold the Kangaroos in good stead.

Expect her to be complemented by some good ball delivery from Danielle Green, who has been a wonderful leader for Sunbury all year.

BURNSIDE HEIGHTS v WESTMEADOWS

Sunday 2:20pm @ Hillside Reserve

Burnside Heights has looked like premiership contenders throughout most of the home-and-away season.

But in the Bears’ last game, they were shaky, having to come from behind to defeat the Sunbury Kangaroos by four points.

Their opponents, Westmeadows, have also come off a narrow win, beating Aberfeldie by seven points on Sunday.

Both teams are accustomed to a tight battle so expect this one to go down to the wire.

Westmeadows showed grit and determination against the Gorillas, never giving up in the windy conditions.

Skipper, Jacinta Scott was on fire with her strong hands and good bodywork, and will be key when matching up against the Bears.

The battle of pace will also be an intriguing one with the likes of Westmeadows’ Kloe Jordan-Wilson and Brooklyn Ash going up against Maddison Cooper and Krissy Trang.

But perhaps the biggest battle of all could be between Tiger, Danielle Linton and Bears captain, Kayla Ravanello.

Linton is likely to start forward but if Ravanello begins to get damaging, Linton is likely to go back.

She could either play a shutdown role on Ravanello, or play behind the ball in defensive 50, which could be the difference between a win and a loss.

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