Hat-trick's a tough ask
BUNDABERG Netball Association giants Across The Waves Gold will battle to take their third consecutive premiership in a grand final showdown with challengers Alloway 1 this afternoon.
The golden girls hope finals experience earned in six victories in the past seven grand finals will give them the competitive edge.
Baker said Across The Waves Gold would enter the match confident but knew better than to discount the premiership-hungry Alloway 1. "We'll be entering the match with confidence but we definitely will not be counting ourselves as a certainty," she said.
"Alloway's the kind of team that doesn't give up and they'll come back at you again and again."
Alloway 1 was one of only two teams to beat Across the Waves Gold this season in a 44 - 41 defeat of the reigning premiers in round eight.
Baker said Gold campaigners must bring their best brand of netball to Daph Geddes Park if they were to guard against an upset.
"This is grand finals netball and we're up against a tough opponent in Alloway," she said.
Baker said Across The Waves Gold had worked hard to cement its position at the top of the Bundaberg Netball Association ladder this season.
"The girls have put in a big effort this year, as they always do," she said.
"The pressure is on for us to perform and if we don't they'll make us pay for it."
They are a really good team with players who have been playing together for years."
Alloway 1 coach Lyn Newport said her team's defeat of Across The Waves Gold earlier in the season was proof it was capable of an upset.
"Our past performances against them should serve as a bit of a warning," she said.
"I know the girls are going to be out there giving it there best shot." Newport said her team would have to make every opportunity count against the polished and calculated Across The Waves outfit.
"We're going to have to capitalise on any errors they make because they don't make many," she said.
Newport said Alloway was eager to end the reign of Across The Waves Gold.
"It would be good to knock them from their pedestal so they don't have such a strangle hold on the competition," she said.
"It's a big challenge for us but it's one we're ready for."