Eagles face their biggest test to date

Reigning champion Edithvale-Aspendale takes on its biggest challenge of the season so far when it takes on Mornington in the MPNFL Division One Match of the Day. Both teams remain undefeated, Edi-Asp impressive in wins over Bonbeach and Pines while Mornington has also struck the right chord with victories over Rosebud and Frankston. Sure Edi-Asp... View Article

Reigning champion Edithvale-Aspendale takes on its biggest challenge of the season so far when it takes on Mornington in the MPNFL Division One Match of the Day.

Both teams remain undefeated, Edi-Asp impressive in wins over Bonbeach and Pines while Mornington has also struck the right chord with victories over Rosebud and Frankston.

Sure Edi-Asp helped put them there, but Bonbeach and Pines sit at the bottom of the ladder, so the Eagles’ form can still be questioned.

We’ll get some more detailed answers today.

The Eagles are a well-balanced unit alright, with Holly Bailey one of the best midcourters in the competition, using her pace and netball smarts to cause her opposition some headaches.

Brianna Hollis is also important through the middle, feeding Alexandra Ball and Emily Patterson with some quality passing.

And Michelle Sanders and Nicole Taylor have been important in keeping things tight in defence, the Eagles having conceded just 39 goals this season – the lowest in the competition.

But Mornington has its strengths as well.

Tess Cooper, Tess Haddock, Georgia Hunter and Sarah Nash have shared duties through the middle, while Katey Rudolph and Candace Page have made life tough for opposition goalers.

This one should be a competitive game of netball with the Eagles to have noses in front at the final whistle.

Another intriguing game takes place at Sorrento where the rampant home team welcomes Rosebud.

Sorrento plays a very attacking brand of the game, scoring 128 goals in just two visits to the court.

Alana Schaeche has shown great signs under the ring, gaining great supply from the likes of Shelley O’Donnell – who brings an intimidation factor just by having her name on the team sheet.

To see one of the great names of Australian netball playing against our up-and-coming locals – it just must be great for the sport!

Rosebud will need to dig deep to gain some ascendency here, particularly with Kate Youlten and Bec Kelly ready to stop their advances.

Millie McDermott and Bethany Leach will be key link-up players for the Buds, who broke their duck against Bonbeach last week.

The Buds will be brave, but Sorrento will be too strong.

Seaford is the fourth team to remain unbeaten in 2018 and will look to continue that level of performance against Frankston.

The Tigers’ engine room of Rachel Cosans, Tayla Robertson and Alesina Toleafoa have been impressive, feeding Chelsea Robertson and Nichelle Liepa with enough quality ball to get the job done.

Seaford was super in round one against Pines but found the going more difficult against Frankston YCW last week and will need to be on their game. If they’re not, players like Sarah Muston, Beverley Ashauer and Emma Mason will sneak up and take the prize.

But Seaford should be the winners in this one.

The remaining two games will be close with Mt Eliza hosting Pines and Frankston YCW looking for its first win of the season against Bonbeach.

The Stonecats have had a very tough draw to begin with but showed enough against both Sorrento and Seaford to suggest the win column will be ticking over consistently this year.

Louise Manders, Theresa Blaauw and Alison Tenant will try hard for Bonbeach, but players like Lyshae Barry, Brooke Cant and Ash Whitnell will make sure the Stonecats bank their first four points of the season.

Round-one winner Mt Eliza will look to bounce back to the winners list against Pines.

Carly and Ellie Russo and Madelyn McDonald were terrific in that victory for the Mounties, who should get the job done comfortably. But Pines’ players Chloe Crouch, Ayla Rielly and Darcy Swayn won’t let them have it all their own way.

-AFLSE Media-