THEY might be reigning premier, but it’s been a difficult start to the season for Echuca United’s A grade netball side.
Having started the season with two consecutive losses, this week’s match-up with Congupna presents itself as a golden chance to post a first win for the season.
Congupna also enters the contest with an 0-2 record, after close losses to Cobram and Mulwala.
United fought hard with Tongala in a scrappy round one contest before it fell 24-26, but was outclassed by Moama last week 48-16.
Coach Elle Florance said the results weren’t an indication of how well her new-look side had been playing.
‘‘We’ve progressed every week with our new group,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s important we keep developing and continuing to build as a side. We’re still getting to know each other and how we play on the court.’’
With Tongala and Moama looking to be two of the top teams throughout the season, Florance said it was absolutely a positive to test her side against some of the best outfits early in the year.
‘‘It’s awesome to start with some strong opponents,’’ she said.
‘‘They were massive learning opportunities and we’ve been able to take that stuff back to the drawing board. We know we still need to improve.’’
Florance said the matches had shown how their new combinations were developing and what work still needed to be done on them.
She added Congupna’s 0-2 record did not mean Saturday’s contest would be a walk in the park.
‘‘We’re taking it week by week and focusing on each match-up individually,’’ Florance said.
‘‘We’re getting right back to basics and just looking to string four consistent quarters together.’’
While the overall goal remains developing as a squad, Florance said a win would be a reward for her side’s consistent effort.
‘‘That’s the reason we play sport, to get wins on the board,’’ she said.
‘‘But our main goal as a team is gelling and if that can happen we think we’ll start to win games.’’