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Underdogs McAuley snapping at GHS favourites

McAuley Opens: Darcy Essex, Darcee Osborne, Sophie Tory, Cassie Elward, Lyteeka Currie and Emmerson Anderson Absent: Ariel Hackett, Kelsey Burt and Katelyn Warburg
McAuley Opens: Darcy Essex, Darcee Osborne, Sophie Tory, Cassie Elward, Lyteeka Currie and Emmerson Anderson Absent: Ariel Hackett, Kelsey Burt and Katelyn Warburg Adam Hourigan Photography

McAuley Catholic College will take the underdog status into today's Daily Examiner Netball Challenge Opens final against Grafton High School at Westward Park, Grafton.

McAuley coach Louise Maybury said there was no doubt Grafton High were the favourites, but had high hopes her team could spring an upset.

"Most of the girls in the team have been playing together since year 7 and last year they won the Year 9/10 division, so we're hoping they carry on from that,” she said.

Maybury said her game plan was based around experienced defenders Arielle Hackett and Emerson Anderson.

"They're our experienced players, so they're the ones we can just rely on,” she said.

In attack Maybury will be looking for big things from goal attack Lyteeka Currie.

"She's our most dynamic player,” Maybury said. "In attack she pops up everywhere and she's also really good at grabbing intercepts from opposition defenders.”

She said her midcourters Darbie Essex and Darcee Osbourne were the cool heads in the team who could calm things down in a tense game.

In the Grafton High camp coach Julie Skinner said her team had an edge in experience.

"A lot of these girls are in senior years and have played together in Grafton representative teams over the years,” Skinner said.

"They've had success in DEX challenges in the past so they know what to expect in these games.”

She said Brooke Sullivan and Ellie Young were a great defensive unit.

In attack captain Mikayla O'Mahoney at centre or wing attack and Taylah Firth at goal attack were an outstanding combination.