Experience clashes with youth

WOORINEN is backing a plethora of grand final experience to get them over the line in today's A-grade grand final against Tyntynder.

The Tigers are on the hunt for their third consecutive flag in their fourth straight grand final while the Bulldogs will be intent on ending a six-year A-grade premiership drought.

"It'll be a very exciting game. Both teams are well-prepared, fit and ready to play," Woorinen coach Hayley Hender said.

The Tigers haven't played since their semi-final victory against Swan Hill, but neither coach is expecting that to play a factor in the outcome.

Woorinen trained three times last week as well as a hitout last weekend before lightening the load this week while Teagan Lawry led two sessions on Tuesday and Thursday for the Bulldogs.

Star defender Madeleine Jeans will be a pivotal performer in Woorinen's title push. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Star defender Madeleine Jeans will be a pivotal performer in Woorinen's title push. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Both sides made their way to the decider through victories in consecutive weekends against the Swans.

For the Bulldogs, that win against their arch-rivals had a little extra feeling to it.

"It [the win] was amazing to be honest. We hadn't beaten Swan Hill for a while," Tyntynder coach Hannah Collins said.

"It was a really good game to sit there and watch and I was very thankful that we came out on top."

Both sides will field the same line-ups that took the court in those matches.

The Tigers have a clear advantage in the way of experience in terms of grand finals played, but Collins says her side has a great mix of youth and maturity.

Tyntynder ace Teagan Lawry will lead from the front in today's grand final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Tyntynder ace Teagan Lawry will lead from the front in today's grand final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

"On our side, we have youngsters as well as quite a few mature heads who have played in grand finals before," Collins said.

"Grand finals are completely different games because there are so many people watching and it's such a loud environment."

The young Bulldogs include the trio of Zoe Spence-Benfield, Kelsey Rowe and Laura Anderson, who were all prolific in last week's win.

Hender hinted that A-grade best and fairest Madeleine Jeans will have the arduous task of stopping Spence-Benfield, whose height and accuracy has torn opposition defences to shreds.

"I think the only person who jumps higher than her [Jeans] is [high jumper] Denise Snyder. I don't think matching Zoe will be a problem," she said.

Similarly, Woorinen believe they have the ability to counter the dynamic drive that Rowe provides for Tyntynder.

The well-oiled combination of Jeans, Tessa Burton and Jaya Blandthorn has been a cornerstone of the Tigers season and are likely to be again today.

"All three of them are fantastic readers of the play," Hender said.

"They talk to each other on the court a lot. They're a very chatty combination and it all comes down to trust, which they have in each other, and we have in them to play off their player and read the ball."

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