IF you’re able to predict the two winners from today’s Orange Netball Association division one semi-finals, you must be psychic.
Little has separated the top four sides this year and you can expect some tight matches in today’s semi-finals.
In the major semi-final, Robin Hood will take on Life Studio in what will be a continuation of one of ONA’s best rivalries.
The two sides have met in the last four grand finals with Robin Hood coming out on top each time ... just.
Robin Hood player Tegan Dray expects another close one today.
“They always end up being tight,” she said.
The two sides met in round three this season, with Life Studio coming out on top 56-54.
They were to meet again in round 10, but Life Studio were forced to forfeit due to a number of players being out injured.
Dray said with the two sides evenly matched, small things will make a difference.
“Minimising mistakes. If one team can capitalise on some errors, they can surge forward. It’s the little things - penalties and minor mistakes,” she explained.
“We have to make sure we catch match it with them all over the court.”
The minor semi-final should deliver an equally exciting game, with Royal Hawks going up against High A.
When they met in round three Royal Hawks came out on top 47-39.
They met again in round 10 and played out a 43-all draw.
Both sides have pushed the top teams as well, with Royal Hawks downing Life Studio in round nine (48-37) and High A accounting for Robin Hood in round 12 (56-46).
Dray coaches High A and said her girls are keen to keep their season going.
“They’ve lifted their game since they last played Royal Hawks,” Dray said.
“We’ve spoken about how they can’t have a slow start against Hawks. We don’t want to play catch-up netball.
“They’re very hungry for it. They want to go into the next round.”
Adding to High A’s desire to play well is the school side will be lining up in the final 16 of the NSW Combined High Schools netball knockout next week.
“They’re at a critical point in their season and it means a lot to them,” Dray said.
Robin Hood and Life Studio will clash at 1.05pm today at the Orange PCYC, and Royal Hawks and High A do battle at 4pm.