GRFNL Semi-Final Netball Preview | Swans fight Roos in first semi-final


PREMIERSHIP hopes for Moulamein and Ultima in the Golden Rivers FNL A-grade netball competition are on the line in this Saturday’s first semi-final.

Both teams ended in the 16-round home and away series on identical win-loss tallies of 8-6, plus two draws.

The Moulamein Swans led the percentage tallies, 114 to 110.

The Swans also have home-court advantage as day one of the finals series will be at Moulamein South Recreation Reserve.

Moulamein warmed up for the finals action by almost toppling the ladder-leading Murrabit last Saturday.

Meg-Jordyne Rooney and Maddy Wild capped off the Swans’ play in defence and through mid-court.

At the final whistle, Murrabit led 48-47.

Ultima goalers Ash Sanders and Grace Farrell were in top form in a 25-goal win against the Hay Lions.

This season’s A-grade meetings between Moulamein and Ultima stand at a win each, and a draw.

In round five the Swans won on the Kangaroos’ court at Ultima, 37-35.

Scores were locked on 32-all at the end of the round nine showdown at Moulamein.

Latest meeting was in the 14th round where Ultima netted a 46-41 victory at home.

The A-grade first semi-final between the Swans and Kangaroos starts at 12.15pm.

Ultima and Macorna meet in the B-grade first semi at 1.30pm.

First duel in ’23 between these teams was in round three where Ultima won 36-21 at home.

Defences were on top as Macorna won 24-21 in round eight on the home of the Tigers.

Margin was just three goals again as Macorna beat the Roos, 42-39 in the 13th round.

It’s Macorna against Murrabit in the B-reserve first semi-final from 2.45pm.

Their first duel in the home and away series was at Macorna in the fifth round where the Tigers marked a 32-26 victory.

Macorna then won 30-26 on Murrabit’s court in the ninth round.

The Blues outpointed the Tigers, 35-29 in the 14th round on Macorna’s court.

Rising stars from Wandella and Moulamein will contest the 17-and-under first semi from 11am.

In round four, Wandella won 54-31 on Moulamein’s court.

Scores were much closer in the next meeting as Wandella won 37-33 in the round 10 contest in the Bombers’ hangar.

A thriller was played in the 15th round as the Bombers won 27-26 on the Swans’ court.

Finals action begins at 9.45am with the 14-and-under match between Hay and Wandella.

These teams met in round five where Hay won 32-18 at Wandella Recreation Reserve.

The Lions roared to a 32-21 victory in the ninth round at Hay Park.

Most recent showdown was in the 14th round where Hay won 45-27 on Wandella’s court.

Schedule for second semi-finals on September 2 at Ultima:

A-grade at 12.15pm: Murrabit v Macorna.

B-grade at 1.30pm: Murrabit v Moulamein.

B-reserve at 2.45pm: Hay v Ultima.

17-under at 11am: Ultima v Hay.

14-under at 9.45am: Murrabit v Ultima.