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PREVIEW | Lotto NRFL Women’s RD 9

Leapfrog is the objective in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division with three teams able to overtake their opponents with victories on Sunday.

At the foot of the table, the winless Hamilton Wanderers host Northland, who are also yet to pick up three points this season.

A victory for the visitors will see Carl Compaan’s side off the bottom of the ladder for the first time this season.

At the other end of the table, the two Rovers sides – Claudelands and Glenfield – go head to head at McFetridge Park.

The motivation is high for WaiBOP outfit Claudelands Rovers who could target second place if they can pull off a valuable away victory.

Norwest United are the final team able to speed past their opponents but face a very tough task to accomplish given the large goal difference between themselves and Western Spring. The Chris Accott-coached side host Western Springs at Huapai Reserve.

Springs are coming off the back of two big victories and midfielder Dayna Manak looks forward to extending that winning run to three.

“I’m excited for this weekend,” Manak said.

“The girls have been playing really well in the last couple games, we’ve really stepped up and I’m excited to see if we can keep that going.”

Manak puts Springs’ improved results down to working hard in trainings in the areas they need to improve on, with finding the back of the net among them – something that paid off last week with five different players getting on the score sheet.

“We’ve been working on a lot of finishing at trainings and working on the things we’ve been struggling with.

“There has definitely been an improvement and it has shown in our last couple of games.”

Rounding out the weekend’s action table toppers Eastern Suburbs welcome Forrest Hill Milford to Madills Farm.

Despite being a former Forrest Hill player, Kate Seatter admits she doesn’t know much about Ben Bate’s side.

“[It’s] Mixed emotions [about playing my former club],” Seatter said.

“I don’t know a whole lot about the girls there this year. I know a lot are young and a few have come back from university in the States,” she said.

Suburbs dropped their first points of the season last weekend in a scoreless draw against Claudelands and Seatter admits it was a tough one to take.

“We’re coming off a nil all draw, one we felt we lost, we thought we could have won it so it will be challenging to step up from that and play a lot better and hopefully get the win.”

Three Kings United have the round nine bye.

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Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division Fixtures