Flaming hard game ahead for the Spirit

Tassie Spirit takes on the Victorian Flames this weekend.
Tassie Spirit takes on the Victorian Flames this weekend.

 THE Tassie Spirit will face the Vic Flames in their last 2014 Australian Netball League game on home soil tomorrow.

Launceston's Aurora Sports Stadium will be the venue for the spectacle, and the two sides appear to be evenly matched, with both locked on two wins.

While the Spirit has a game in hand, the winner will heap pressure on teams in the competition's top four.

The Spirit is on pace for its best-ever finish, having never placed higher than seventh in the competition.

Hot off the heels of their round 3 competition bye, the team will be eager to perform in front of a home crowd, following a win and a loss in the Spirit's past two home games.

Spirit goal shooter Sophie Gunn is proving to be a focal point for the Tassie attack and another strong performance by Gunn and Spirit captain Kate Costelloe in goal attack will go a long way to a home-team victory.

The defensive combination of Dannie Carstens and Kirra Parsons, who were named as the ANZ State League All Star pairing, have also formed a telling partnership for the Spirit, and should make life difficult for Flames goalers Stacey Northey and Gabrielle Sinclair.

The Vic Flames are coming off a one win, two loss weekend in round three, having lost to their intrastate rivals and last season's premier Vic Fury,  Leg 1along with the high-flying Southern Force. 

Flames stayed in touch with the top four after beating the Blues by four goals last Saturday night in a hard-fought contest.

The last meeting between the Spirit and Flames was in the 2013 ANL season.

The match-up saw the Victorian side defeat the Sprit 56-42 at Waverley Netball Centre.

The Flames recorded a 15 to five-point final quarter to blow out what was otherwise a close and tight affair throughout.

Spirit coach Jon Fletcher will be no doubt hoping for a four-quarter effort from his side to grab a win tomorrow.


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