Warrnambool Mermaids will be down three star starters this week with the Big V competition set for hopeful return.
After a four-week Big V COVID-19 standstill, teams are holding out for the hopeful resumption of Australia’s largest senior competition this weekend.
Warrnambool Mermaids prepare to face Warrandyte Venom Saturday night, who sit one win above them on the women’s Division One ladder.
Unfortunately, the Mermaids will be without their trio of scorers; Amy Wormald, Grace Rodgers and Molly McKinnon. Wormald has another sporting commitment, while Rodgers and McKinnon have prior personal events.
The three lead the team’s average points per game, with Rodgers third for her division averaging 16-points a game.
Mermaids coach Lee Primmer told The Warrnambool Standard his youth-laden Mermaids will need to find scoring options against the Venom.
“We have to find some offence from somewhere because Molly [McKinnon] has been really, really good the last three or four games, up around the 15-20 points a game mark,” he said.
“Grace [Rodgers] has been around that 15-20 points a game and Amy [Wormald], when she’s played, has been a 15-20 point player also, so there is a lot of offence we won’t have.
“In saying that, we’re still going to have 60 shots. How we shoot the ball with the younger ones with the pressure and how they handle it remains to be seen.”
So, who will rise to the occasion this weekend? Primmer believes teenagers Paiyton Noonan and Sarah Perry have scoring power and may see extended minutes on the court.
Mia Mills and Molly McLaren also have the potential to get some clean shots.
One thing’s for sure, the Mermaids’ young cohort has a task ahead of them for Round 14.