CAVALIERS and Northern Hawks meet in a State Netball League cross-town derby at the Silverdome tonight important to the finals hopes of both.
Ladder leaders Cavaliers have Arrows breathing down their neck while the fourth-placed Hawks can consolidate their chances with a win over their arch-rival.
The last time the two teams met, the game went down to the wire with Cavaliers coming away with a hard-fought, four-goal win, making coach Lynda Colgrave wary of the Hawks.
``It it is important for our midcourt team to keep the pressure on for four quarters to stem the opportunities to the Hawks tall goal circle fire-power of Danni Pickett and Chelsea Coleman,'' Colgrave said.
Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough was urging her team to keep it tight and maintain pressure against the competition leaders.
``We need to play a tight defensive game to keep Cavalier shooters under pressure and out of position to prevent them from gaining control on the scoreboard,'' Woolnough said.
Despite wanting a defensive effort centred on full-court pressure, she expected the game to be a great spectacle of high quality netball.
A big crowd is expected at the Silverdome to see both clubs in their final home-court game in the State League roster with only two games remaining before finals.
In other games, Arrows will be looking to keep hold of the double chance and a shot at top spot against Karana Flames in Hobart.
Coastal rivals Devon and Burnie meet for North-West regional bragging rights and avoidance of the wooden spoon.
After a defeat to Arrows, Cripps Waratah will be looking to bounce back against Kingston Blues.