Eagles to face mountain of test in netball

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE YARALLA Eagles team will feel like mountain climbers when they meet the Mount Everest of the Gladstone Netball Association A grade competition, Valley Stars, tonight at Memorial Park.

The unbeaten Stars have been white hot in the 2005 season so far and are strong favourites to beat the Eagles tonight.

In their last encounter on April 12, the Stars showed no mercy on an unders-trength Eagles winning 43-14, but expect a closer contest this time around. Like all top teams, Valley Stars are a hard-working and close-knit team unit who have a strong allcourt game.

The Stars big guns include their skipper Tracey Calis, Tara Zielke, Vicki Shannon, Andrea Williams and Michelle Jones, who have been in great form all season.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have had an up and down season to date and have been unable to put a run of wins together. Even so, they have a number of top players and are looking to climb into second position on the competition ladder.

The likes of Kym Hetherington, Donna Lawrie and Andrea Moran are top players and will ensure the Stars do not get things all their own way. Action starts at 8pm.

In the other match of the round, friendships go out the window for four quarters when Yaralla Owls play the Yaralla Falcons.

Expect this match to be a close game with the young Owls always keen to play well.

Goalshooter Sam Dippel is the player to watch for the Owls and could pose plenty of problems for the Falcons defence.

Falcons are looking to bounce back from their loss last week to Valley Stars and with the astute Tracey Davis in charge are sure to have something up their sleeves. Action stars at 6.45pm.



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