Competition leaders, Rovers Complete Construction and Federal Eastside White, will clash from 4.30pm as all games are played at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre on Saturday. Rovers and Federal have won both their games in Division One and Two in the first two weeks of the KFC Alice Springs Netball Association season. Much of the success of Rovers in Division One has come on the back of young shooters Molly Southam and Piper Nicolai as they average more than 50 goals a game.
This is only one of the big changes to the team. Lucy Nicolai has been played at goal defence as Rovers has had to cover the loss of players from its 2021 grand final team. Another forced change has been Shannan King at centre as Rovers have been without Lauren Parai. These changes have left Rovers with a settled side where Federal has been rotating players, mainly juniors, in the team. But they are doing the job required such as Nicola Metcalfe who shot 25 goals out of the team's 49
goals last week. This will be a great a great contest between the best two clubs in the association and the development of their juniors.
Wests Epilogue will be looking to get on the winner's side of the ledger, but it will not be easy against Federal Eastside Red which will be looking to add another win to its tally after its success against Neata Glass Giants last week. It will be a test for both sides as the season progresses. The other Division One game is between Wests Gillen Club and Neata Glass Giants at 4.30pm on court 2. It is important for both sides to win as they attempt to consolidate their Seasons before they slip away from them.
Sunowners Alice Hospitality has been regraded to Division Two. It will play second-placed Rovers Complete Construction but will not find the going any easier. This is the first of the Division Two games on Saturday afternoon. It will be played from 3pm on court 2. The other two Division Two games at 3pm are Giants Alice Springs Brewing Co against Federal Swifts on court 4 and Wests Jaws Contracting against top side Federal Angels on court 5.
There are two games in each of the 17-and-under, Division Three and Division Four grades from 1.30pm. The other 17-and-under game, Rovers Ravens against Rovers Raptors, and the Division Four clash between Giants Dreamers and Raging Rovers are from 3pm. The final Division Three game between Federal Cyclones and Federal Queens is on court 1 from 4.30pm.
Netball action begins at 11-and-under Divisions at 9am with increasing age groups on the hour.
Nomination forms for the Alice Springs teams for the NT Link Championships are available online.