After the two opening rounds of the competition, both teams are two wins from two.
Arorangi coach Rachel Metuangaro said her team are feeling calm about today’s game.
“We are relaxed and feeling good,” she said. “The girls know that Arorangi probably have more experience in their team than us, but the girls are still looking forward to being able to test themselves and see where they sit in the competition.”
With plenty of time left in the competition, Metuangaro said her side are still working on their connections throughout the court.
“We are working well together at the moment, but of course with a new group we are still working through what our strongest line-up is on court and what combinations gel best for us to continue strongly in the competition.”
“Ahead of this weekend’s clash against Arorangi we are really looking for strong flow and transition through court as well as giving good ball into our shooters.”
Metuangaro said her side will be looking to lift their defensive efforts in today’s game.
“We know they have some quality shooting in their team so we will not only be looking to lift in the defensive end but right through the court to make it as tough for them as possible.”
A big part of the team’s early season success is down to the six members of the National Netball Academy, Metuangaro said.
“The academy girls are bringing what they are learning back into our group and really teaching the younger players how to go about things. It really is giving our girls a boost in confidence to know they are playing at such a high level for their age.”
Metuangaro singled out early-round performances by Eleanor Wichman, Tamira Metuangaro and Ana-Marie Herman, and will no doubt be looking for them to continue their strong form today.
In other news, tournament director Jackie Rongo has confirmed that Ngatangiia/Matavera will not field a team in this year’s premier competition after failing to produce enough numbers in the opening two rounds.
This will see only four teams contest top placing in the premier grade for 2018.
Titikaveka v Ngatangiia/Matavera, Tupapa v School teams, Avatiu v Arorangi. Note: Games at Ngatangiia and Avatiu will start at 11am. All other games start at 9am unless clubs advise the competition manager otherwise.