NETBALL: Taylah Davies' return has come at a perfect time for the Canberra Giants, as the side prepares for a tilt at finals redemption.
Davies returned from a wrist injury last weekend to lead her side to a sweep of the Western Sting and cement a spot in the Australian Netball League finals.
The Giants will use this weekend's clash against the NSW Waratahs as a warm-up for the finals beginning on June 29.
Giants coach Mel Clarke says the former Swifts and Giants Super Netballer, who also debuted in the AFLW for the Giants this season, is an inspirational leader on the court.
"Taylah's presence on the court and her direction with the group is a class above," Clarke said.
"She's a really experienced player and in those big moments, [she] knows how to handle them."
The Giants came up agonisingly short in last year's ANL grand final, falling to the Tasmanian Magpies by a goal.
But Clarke says her side is well placed for a shot at redemption.
"Once you make that top four, anything can happen," Clarke said.
"We've been building towards playing consistent netball for all four quarters, and I think we've done that the last few rounds."
The trip to Sydney will be a homecoming for many of the Giants' players, with two-thirds of the team having played club netball there.
"The two teams have played a lot of netball with and against each other," Clarke said.
"They've been playing really well so it'll be a challenge for us, but it's something we're really excited for."