WHOEVER replaces Chloe Lewis in Bambill’s A Grade side for the Millewa Netball Association grand final today will have big shoes to fill, according to captain Laura Milsom.
Lewis will sit out of Bambill’s premiership tilt after the prolific goal shooter broke her collarbone in a fall.
But Milsom, who won the Dot Wilson trophy as the A Grade’s best and fairest player last Friday, was confident her team could cope with the shock blow when they faced opponents Gol Gol.
“They’ve got big shoes to fill, but we’ve only had four A grade players consistently all year as we’ve rotated through the A Reserve,” she said on Thursday.
“So last week – our first final – was our first game with our full A grade team.
“We’ve never actually played two games in a row with the same team, so I guess Saturday isn’t going to be too much different.”
Her opposite number, Gol Gol captain Amy Lehmann, remained wary of the challengers to her team’s title defence, despite boasting an injury-free squad.
“They are still going to be a tough team to beat even without Chloe,” she said.
“We’re very lucky in that we don’t have any injuries, fingers crossed until Saturday, but at this stage we’re all good.”
Describing Lewis’ unavailability as a “game-changer,” Milsom played her cards close to her chest in speculating her possible replacement.
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BIG DAY: Millewa Netball Association A Grade captains Laura Milsom (Bambill) and Amy Lehmann (Gol Gol) meet ahead today’s grand final clash. Picture: Luke Birch