Bluejays v Allsorts – juniors –10am
TO start the day off, current first position Bluejays will play Allsorts in the junior competition.
Having had close counters in the past, Bluejays will look to steer clear of that as they wish to hold the minor premiers trophy at the end of the season.
For Bluejays to do this, they must win this weekend and next weekend.
Allsorts will be looking to halt this as this is their second last game.
Older players such as Cooper Perry and Lucia Edwards are expected to take the lead and encourage their fellow players to look for the goals.
But Bluejays will be doing the same, with Madeline Gaffney and Shane Cochrane coming into their roles as team leaders.
Allsorts’ defence should be as solid as ever as representative players, Tristan Roberts and Cara Haupt understand the game even more.
Cara has improved her game-set in the sense that when she makes a tackle, she then knows what to do with it after.
Scott Crisafi and Jasper Macey from Bluejays have also improved since featuring in the representative team.
Jasper Macey has been pushing himself week in and week out, while Scott Crisafi is able to make tackles all over the field.
Tackle making is important for all players as one on one clashes happen all over the field.
Scott now understands that as he enters every game with a “can do” spirit.
Bluejays will be looking for a win this game, but Allsorts will make it tougher than expected.
St Georges Basin v Hockeyroos – juniors – 11.30am
THE Shoalhaven Hockeyroos team will face the wrath of St Georges Basin.
St Georges Basin have been the most consistent team in the junior competition. Basin are only one point behind Bluejays on the competition ladder.
With a guaranteed win for this weekend, St Georges Basin will be hoping for a loss to the Bluejays clan.
If a loss does not occur, next weekend’s game will be more interesting than ever.
Louis Cameron, Matt Brett and Chloe Boyce are expected to hold the reins tight on St Georges Basin’s defence as the attack of the Hockeyroos try to penetrate their defence line.
Ben Macdonald, Thomas Dolby and Joshua Rickwood are anticipated to be making long runs up and down the field in order to set up fellow players and high strikers, Abby Macdonald, Mikala Rickwood and Jordan Guillaume.
Good games are also expected from runners Liam Dooley, and Kenny brothers, Joel and Nathan.
Expected to feature for the Hockeyroos team are attacking strengths Sophie Jones and Scott Crisafi, Thomas Jelavic and Madeline Gaffney within the midfield, and Tristan Roberts and Sam Morris in defence.
St Georges Basin will be using this game as a trial run and training drill to prepare for the upcoming weeks when they are to play Bluejays in the last game of the competition and then play Bluejays again in the grand final.
Allsorts Green v Shoalhaven Heads Blue – women – 1pm
IN their last game of the season, Shoalhaven Heads Blue will come up against Allsorts Green in what is expected to be a good game.
Shoalhaven Heads Blue have improved tremendously throughout the season and it is unfortunate that they have not racked up enough points to be in the final series.
With this being their last game, a “do or die trying” approach will be taken.
Allsorts Green will be using this game as preparation for next weekend’s battle with St Georges Basin to see who will come up against Allsorts Orange on grand final day.
Rachel Frew and Vanessa Phelan are likely to be playing important roles in attack, while Mel Boundy and Christina Yu will look to outlet the ball to them through the midfield.
Raylene Perry in defence will also be the icing on the cake as Allsorts Green’s line-up seems strong on all fronts.
But Shoalhaven Heads Blue will take their chances and Raz Morgan and Tracey Casinelli will look for any opportunity into their attacking circle.
If these opportunities are capitalised on early and Allsorts are placed on the back foot from the get go, there may be a chance for Shoalhaven Heads to win this game.
A great game is anticipated.
Burrawang v Kangaroo Valley – men’s semi-final – 2.30pm
IN the major semi-final, minor premiers Burrawang face off against second placed Kangaroo Valley.
Both teams have the capability to win, although they both play two very different game styles.
Burrawang uses short, sharp passes between each other.
This, combined with their fitness levels and young legs, means Kangaroo Valley may get tired very quickly.
But Kangaroo’s Valley game style allows for this, as hard, long passes seem to be their forte.
This did not work against Bluejays last week, so it will be interesting to see which way they approach this game.
Both teams have excellent communication between players and this is not expected to change.
The difference for this game will be how well the other team adapts to defending the others’ style.
Burrawang will use solid performers, Sean Cross, Jack Donovan and Sam Bromfield, while Kangaroo Valley will depend on the ever consistent Mitch Wilson and Dan Knapp.
This will be the game to watch this weekend.
Shoalhaven Heads Maroon v Allsorts Orange – women – 4pm
ALLSORTS Orange will be looking to finish this last competition round with 16 wins and nil losses.
This is Shoalhaven Heads Maroon’s last chance to get a win and it is unfortunate that they face the undefeated team to finish off.
Allsorts Orange’s line-up seems just as, possibly even more, secure than Allsorts Green’s, as they have runners who are able to play well in almost every position.
Players like Eleanor Dodd, Toby Bacchus and Toni Parrish shine across the board. Then with Jodie Simms, Abbey Crawford and Donna Cockburn backing up, this line-up seems almost impenetrable.
With only 14 goals scored against them and 63 for, Allsorts Orange come into this game with a 49 for and against difference.
They will be looking to pass the half century mark with this game to place the cherry on top.
Shoalhaven Heads Maroon will be looking to Kirsten Thone and Keira Evans for attacking options, while Roslyn Butfield and Mel Barrott control the defence.
Nicole Stone and Michelle Ingold are both also expected to play good games for Heads as they look to finish the season off on a high-note and hopefully a win.
Allsorts v Bluejays – men’s semi-final – 5.30pm
IN the minor semi-final, third position Allsorts will play fourth placed Bluejays.
In a game almost identical to the earlier men’s semi-final, this game will also depend on which team can adapt better in defence.
Bluejays play a similar game to Burrawang in the sense that passes are kept short and firm, while Allsorts use their hard hitters to penetrate the opposition’s defence.
Allsorts, however, have been able to capitalise on scoring opportunities a little better than Bluejays.
In saying this though, Bluejays have picked up their game in the last couple of weeks and cannot be counted out.
Allsorts should exploit their strengths in Aaron Lloyd and Miles Burke, while Bluejays will look for direction from experienced players Dennis Smart and Andrew Pullen.
Other players to watch are Matthew Wright-Smith and Aaron Smith for Allsorts and Michael Dun and Dom Quarmby for Bluejays.
The winner of this game will play the loser of the major semi-final.
The loser will be out of the season.