West wary of Tigers’ depth

Collingwood rookie Brooke Allan has failed to qualify for Colac’s A Grade finals campaign. The Tigers play Geelong West in Sunday’s elimination final.

Geelong West coach Jill Leader says her netballers won’t underestimate a Colac Tigers outfit missing Brooke Allan ahead of Sunday’s elimination final.

Collingwood-listed defender Allan fell one game short of qualifying for the Tigers’ September campaign due to a busy year with the Magpies’ national league affiliate Tasmania and the Geelong Cougars in the Victorian Netball League.

The 20-year-old was on track to play the required 24 quarters to qualify until she was called into Collingwood’s squad for its Suncorp Super Netball trip to Adelaide, the same weekend she was available to play for Colac against South Barwon.

Allan revealed this week she was a chance to spend time with the Magpies’ squad again this weekend as part of her development, with the club starting its SSN finals against the Melbourne Vixens.

Leader, who worked closely with Allan and her sister Kara when the pair spent a season with Geelong West in 2017, said Allan’s absence was a blow for the Tigers.

But Allan failed to play in the past two matches against the Giants, which have both come down to one-goal ball games, and Leader said she was wary of the Tigers’ depth.

“Kara and Brooke both had a year with us, so we’ve got a special bond with the girls and I’ve also coached Brooke and a lot of the girls at the Cougars,” Leader said.

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