It’s the age old story of David and Goliath, the underdog verses the favourites for this year’s Grand Final showdown.
Undefeated Railways captain Peytie Fuller said her team won’t be taking it easy on the less fancied Vikings outfit.
“There’s more pressure when you go in undefeated because there’s so much more expectation put on you as a team to perform well,” Fuller explained.
“I definitely think there’s a downside to it, but I’m very confident in our abilities so we should be fine.”
Their strength on Saturday? Teamwork.
First time captain Fuller is adamant the secret to Railways’ success and the key to taking home back-to-back titles is their strong friendship off the court.
“We are just so team focused and team oriented,” Fuller said.
“We are always out together doing stuff. The closer you are as friends, the better you perform as a team.”
Vikings captain and veteran A Grade player Belinda Myles wears the underdog label proudly and is hoping for plenty of crowd support on Saturday.
The captains are also sisters, but there’s no love lost when they hit the court.
Fuller is backed up by the duo’s third sister, Mikala Fuller, in the Railways midcourt.
“If we knock each other we just give each other an extra push to make sure they stay down there! No apologies, no need to. It goes both ways,” Myles laughed.
“I think we will just try and play a fast game. We know that their fitness isn’t quite up there, so that’s one thing we’ve got in our favour.”
Railways have a dominant player in each third and Myles knows any chance of winning will be her young side’s ability to play consistent netball.
Five of Vikings starting seven started out in the club’s Learner division – a strong indication of junior development at the club.
With Myles playing what she said will be her last A Grade game, she’s hoping the girls can rally for a win.
“They (Railways) have a big presence of voice on court,” she said.
“We can play fast, but we just struggle playing four quarters. If we can put four quarters together we will be alright.”
Railways enter the Grand Final with a near unchanged lineup from last year’s premiership team, but experience doesn’t eliminate nerves.
Both captains know the team who can adjust to the umpires and calm their nerves first will be the better team on the day.