MCDFNL netball | Navarre v Avoca

CRUCIAL: Under 17 player Mia Jensz has stood up to be a regular contributor in Navarre's A Grade team this year, rotating through the mid court and both goal circles.

CRUCIAL: Under 17 player Mia Jensz has stood up to be a regular contributor in Navarre's A Grade team this year, rotating through the mid court and both goal circles.

Navarre’s defence of its four consecutive MCDFNL premierships is on the line this weekend with a must win game against Avoca at Navarre. 

The equation is simple for the Grasshoppers – win or their season is over. 

A loss last weekend to Carisbrook has set up for a nail-biting finish to the 2017 MCDFNL A Grade home and away season.

Navarre coach Taylor Mason said it was a “tough loss”.

“Caitlyn (co-coach) and I were quite disappointed,” she said.

“We have tried to refocus and think about or goals this week to come out firing against Avoca.”

Navarre defeated the Bulldogs back in round six in a solid 36-31 victory.

The Bulldogs have since consolidated their spot near the top of the ladder, currently sitting third.

“Avoca are one of the teams to beat and knowing we have done so before is a great feeling,” Mason said.

“We know what we need to do this weekend and we know we can do it.” 

The Grasshoppers need to win against Avoca as well as rely on either a Natte Bealiba loss and a Maldon loss or very small win.

The three teams are separated only by percentage for the final two spots in the finals.

The Swans are most likely to qualify for finals with an unattainable percentage and a relatively easy game against Newstead.

The Bombers and Grasshoppers are likely to be fighting for the eighth place, with just 1.12 per cent separating them. 

Maldon should record a win over Dunolly, with the margin all important. 

For the Grasshoppers to qualify for finals, they will have to win and do so convincingly to prevent Maldon from jumping over them with a better percentage.

Mason said her side knows the ramifications of this weekend’s game.

“We have basically told the girls this week is all or nothing. We can’t come off the court thinking what if,” she said.

“If we lose this week we won’t see finals and after four premierships to not even make finals would be very disappointing for Navarre as a club.

“We are definitely confident that it is within our capabilities (to win) but it will take our best netball. We have a lot of hunger to make it.”

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