Prices goal attack Lydia Swaney in action during her side’s semi-final win over Richmond at Saxton Stadium on Thursday night. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Netball rivalry set to reignite

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Nelson Netball’s most storied rivalry will write another chapter next week when the two sides meet in a third consecutive premier final.

Prices Ahurei and Jacks OPD each booked berths in the final after seeing off their semi-final opponents in contrasting styles at Saxton Stadium on Thursday night.

Prices captain Danya Whiting says her side will be confident coming up against rivals Jacks, after previously toppling the side in round three.

“When we met them last, I just wanted to get close because we hadn’t all season. So, the win was a bonus, now we just have to believe we can do it.”

Meanwhile, Jacks skipper Jess Drummond says her team is keen to avenge its extra time loss in the final last season.

“It still hurts, we want revenge.”

Jess says her side is peaking at the right time following its 67-35 demolition of Stoke NBS in the semi-final.

“It was the first consistent 60 minutes we have put on the court this season.”

The veteran centre says they know Prices will be a formidable opponent as the only side to have beaten Jacks all season.

She says the key to victory on Saturday will be to be patient and play smart netball.

“We need to look after the ball, we know they have a great defensive end so we need to stay composed and give the right options on attack.”

She says, after the final went into double overtime last year with Prices staging a late comeback, Jacks needs to be consistent throughout the four quarters.

“The last five minutes is just as important as every other minute.”

Prices will look to claim back-to-back titles after a hard fought 43-41 semi-final win over Richmond 45.

Up 10 goals after three quarters, Prices gave Richmond a late sniff at victory but saw off the challenge thanks, in large part, to its superb defensive duo of Holly Chandler and skipper Dayna.

Dayna says, while it was a satisfying result, she says it got a bit too close for comfort in the final minutes.

“But at the end of the day when you can hold on when it’s tight like that in the last couple of minutes it’s a positive thing heading into the final.”

The two sides will be facing off after contesting finals in 2017 and 2018, with Jacks claiming the crown in 2017 and Prices coming away with the win last season.

Neither Jacks or Prices are likely to give anything away with so much on the line.

Results:

Prices Ahurei 43 def Richmond 41

Jacks OPD 67 def Stoke NBS 35

Final:

Prices vs Jacks, 1.45pm Saturday August 31 at Saxton Stadium