NIKKI?S NICHE:Daleys goal attack Nikki Krause looks for support against Daleys Tribes in the major semi-final two weeks ago. Da
NIKKI?S NICHE:Daleys goal attack Nikki Krause looks for support against Daleys Tribes in the major semi-final two weeks ago. Da

Tribal rivalry



IT will be youth versus experience when 2005 minor premiers Daleys meet sister team Daleys Tribes in the Lismore netball premier division grand final today.

Defending major premiers Daleys have a line-up with many decades of experience and an enviable five-fromthe-past-seven grand final success record.

Minor competition runners-up Tribes, while less experienced, still boast quality players and, as coach Maria Durheim puts it, have 'younger legs'.

Durheim is in the interesting position of being vital to both sides' grand final hopes.

She is a key attacker for Daleys, but she coaches Tribes, whose top players include her daughter Kristy.

While many believe Daleys to be favourites, Maria Dur-heim says either side is capable of taking the grand final.

"No-one should forget that Daleys and Tribes drew in a competition game this year," she said.

"It's fair to say the Daleys attack will be a handful for the Tribes defenders, but either team can win this.

"Certainly if it's hot, that will benefit the younger Tribes squad. It should be a good battle, and it speaks highly of the depth of Daleys as a club."

Durheim, who says her side has no injury problems, nominates defender Lucy Burke and attacker Alex Denshire as key players for Tribes, as well as her daughter Kristy at centre.

Experienced Daleys player Nikki Krause agrees that it is in attack that her side may well have the edge.

She nominates centre Haley McAnelly ? the team's youngest player ? and veteran goal defender Lisa Brown as also vital to Daleys' chances.

Daleys, too, are injury-free.

"We do have the experience," Krause said.

"Many of us have played together since we were 15, and that for most of us was a fair while ago.

"We've won five of the past seven grand finals, including last year, and that also helps with confidence.

"But all of us in Daleys know the Tribes and we do not under-estimate them for one second.

"Like Tribes, we'll be out there to win."

Maria Durheim underlines that desire for grand final success.

Asked where her loyalties rest, the Daleys attacker and Tribes coach put it this way: "If there were a few seconds to go, I had the ball and I could shoot and the scores were even, I'd go for it.

"I may coach Tribes, but I play netball for Daleys."

All Lismore netball grand finals will be played today, weather permitting.

Play starts at 9.30am, with the premier division decider scheduled for 2.15pm.



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