Handy ins for Cutters

June 16, 2017

MATHOURA has lined up some handy players for the weekend’s hit out against Picola United in A grade Picola and District league netball.

Gabby Murray has returned to bolster its defence and joins Rumbalara recruit Laura Hudson who’s proven a versatile player in recent weeks.

It took some convincing to get Murray back to the club having left at the end of last season, but her experience and ability to read the play would undoubtedly slow the opposition’s ability to score.

She’s played a few games in lower grades, but has got a look in for A grade following several injuries.

It meant the club had to find replacement players in Hudson who has brought plenty of talent to the previous two games and despite playing mostly in defence can also be slotted into goals or the mid-court.

Coach Katrina Wippel said there had been moments of great play this season, but lapses in concentration was their biggest downfall.

‘‘It’s what you expect from a young side,’’ Wippel said.

‘‘We have three under 17s playing A grade and most of the team hadn’t played together until the start of the season.

‘‘We’re going to need to bring the same pressure in defence we showed last week if we’re to stand a chance against Picola (tomorrow).’’

The Timbercutters conceded 64 goals to Tocumwal on Saturday in the Picola and District League and have only taken points in the scratch match against Yarroweyah (without an A grade this year).

Picola United has had similar misfortune with injuries and player unavailabilities making it difficult for the side to settle into combinations.

Coach Leesa Hoopell made some major restructuring to the team on Saturday which saw defender Kimberley McPherson moved into goals and Caitlin Boschetti brought into A grade.

She hoped the new line-up would prove better for them in the second-half of the season having only won three games so far. They showed for three quarters on Saturday they could match it against a top side in Deniliquin Rovers and would be looking to build on momentum with a second win over Mathoura.

Picola trounced the Timbercutters by 25 goals in round one, this time hoping to do it again on its home court.

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