Hat-trick looms as Titans chase Illawarra netball top four spot

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After starting the season slowly, Wests Titans can make it three wins on the bounce against Brindles this weekend.

Back-to-back successes over both Woonona teams has helped Kay Buckley's squad move just outside the top-four and a vital semi-final spot.

A strong defensive display ensured they overcame Woonona WBRSL 45-38 last weekend and set up the chance of a hat-trick against Brindles on Saturday.

Brindles are in the top four and come off a big win of their own against SMJ last weekend.

The third-placed side handed SMJ their first loss of the season in a 51-37 result.

Wests' coach Kay Buckley is expecting her rivals to carry that good form into Saturday's round seven clash.

"They had good win last week against a young SMJ. They are a lot physically bigger than us at both ends but they have trouble at times getting a full team on the court," she said.

Due to Brindles' distinct height advantage, Buckley was planning a more tactical approach to the Titans' attack.

"A short, sharp game with not too many looped balls," Buckley said.

"We have to play it back and reset the attack end and hopefully the fast feet will help us work our way through their defensive end and it will be a good game."

The experienced coach was hopeful of another strong display by her State League contingent of Annabel Bretag, Emily Osborne, Sophie Robertson and Caitlin Williams in the defensive third to help Wests in their quest for a third straight win.

She believes the defensive end will play a crucial role.

"I just think their defensive end will be similar to mine ... that is the strength in the two teams," Buckley said.

"We will see whose attack end can stand up to their opposition's defence."

In other round six matches, Vipers forfeited their clash with Corrimal RSL Cadets due of a lack of players and Dapto Storm celebrated their first win with a 53-33 defeat of Woonona McDonald's.

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