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Arawang looks to topple Tuggers

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Arawang will field a full-strength line-up in tonight's State League netball preliminary final, as it tries to register its first win over Tuggeranong this season.

Arawang defeated Belconnen in last week's elimination semi-final with a solid performance which showed a number of positives for last year's grand finalist.

''We were able to put out any combination on court and still play as one unit and really back each other up,'' Arawang's Kelsey-Lee Roberts said.

Roberts said a consistent four-quarter performance is what the team will need to make it a case of third time lucky against Tuggeranong. ''Last time we played them, we did actually get ahead, we just weren't able to maintain that lead,'' she said.

Tuggeranong enters the game having narrowly lost last week to Canberra, after a poor second quarter put the game out of reach.

Tuggeranong's loss also came with injuries to Jo Pivac (ankle) and Michaley Phokos (knee), but both have been cleared to play tonight. It's a relief for the club, which will be down two players with the Mazzer sisters overseas, but coach Nicole Bowles is confident its proven game plan will be enough to trump Arawang once again. ''We've just got to make sure we can stick to our game plan and do our basics right'' she said.

''I think where we've come unstuck against Canberra is we've thrown a lot of ball out of court and let the little things get to us, whereas we've managed to stay on top of that in other games.

''The feeling from the girls in training was really good … we're really pumped and psyched to get a win on the board and get into that grand final.''

The game starts at 7.30pm at the ACT Netball Centre.

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