ECHUCA’S A grade netball side will be looking to end a recent run of losses when it hosts Shepparton on Saturday in Goulburn Valley League netball action.
It won its first game of the year against Euroa but has struggled since, losing to Benalla, Mooroopna and Shepparton Swans.
Coach Casey Frame said she expected this weekend’s game would be no easier.
‘‘We’ve got another tough game this week, we’re feeling good and we’ve had good training this week and last week,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re a bit unknown about their line-up but we think they’ll be extremely tough to beat.
‘‘They’re always a top side so it’s a big ask.’’
Shepparton have hit form in recent weeks with consecutive wins against Euroa and Benalla, and Echuca will need to improve their performance level to take victory.
Frame has lamented moments of inconsistency in recent games costing her side opportunities to win.
‘‘I think that comes with maturity, playing full 15-minute quarters,’’ she said.
‘‘When you get a lead you can’t release your foot off the pedal. We’ve had some good starts, but we need to keep those concentration levels up for longer.’’
She said passing accuracy and footwork had been two of the key messages through the last two weeks of training.
‘‘We’ve worked more so on the attacking end of the court and we will continue to do that,’’ Frame said.
‘‘The past couple of games our passing has let us down in crucial times and it’s important we fix that up.’’
Echuca continue to play a very young line-up, with six of last game’s starting seven players under 20 years old.
Frame remained confident as those players continue to mature and gain more experience a better result will be produced on-court.
She added the losses her team had suffered were close games a small improvement might have seen a different end.
‘‘The margins we’ve lost by were three, seven and 11 goals, and in the 11 goal loss to Shepparton Swans we were only five down at three-quarter-time,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a small but achievable margin we’re trying to make up.
‘‘We’d love to be on the winning side but lapses of concentration and our basics letting us down mean we won’t be successful; but we hope we can be successful this weekend.’’