Prediction of close game for arch rivals

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.

Northern Hawks Zoe Gough, Cavaliers Dana Lester, Hawks Kate von Stieglitz, Cavaliers Lucy Thannhauser and  the Hawks Chelsea Coleman gear up for tonight's  clash at the Silverdome. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Northern Hawks Zoe Gough, Cavaliers Dana Lester, Hawks Kate von Stieglitz, Cavaliers Lucy Thannhauser and the Hawks Chelsea Coleman gear up for tonight's clash at the Silverdome. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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