They’re playing with real rhythm in the Blues

June 19, 2017

WINNING form continued to roll on for Tongala’s A grade netball on Saturday as it moved to third place on the Murray Netball League table.

WINNING form continued to roll on for Tongala’s A grade netball on Saturday as it moved to third place on the Murray Netball League table.

The Blues won every quarter, but had to work hard to beat a Deniliquin side placed fifth on the table by 12 goals.

It was a second straight win for them, a great response to a nail-biting two-goal loss to Numurkah in round eight.

Tongala coach Alicia White said she’d expected a difficult game and was pleased with how her undermanned side had come through with the win.

‘‘It was never going to be a game that was a blowout; we had to keep plugging away quarter by quarter and we were able to win,’’ she said.

‘‘We were good yesterday; we again didn’t have our full side but the girls that played did a great job.

‘‘We led at every change, and it was important for us not to lose a quarter.’’

The Blues led throughout the game but saw their lead entering the last period slashed early, sending a scare through the line-up.

‘‘We were seven or eight goals up at three-quarter-time, but they got the jump in the last quarter and scored the first three goals,’’ White said.

‘‘After that happened we had a really good comeback; we steadied and still won the quarter.

‘‘It was a good fightback from us, we showed some composure when we really needed to and got a good result.’’

For a second straight week Tracey Hughes dominated in Tongala’s attacking ring, form particularly pleasing to her coach.

‘‘She’s been brilliant the last few weeks,’’ White said.

‘‘She’s probably scored 85 per cent of our goals and she’s been really consistent which is a pleasing sign.

‘‘With Sarah (Pettifer) out she’s been able to play her game and she’s taken control.’’

Hughes again combined with Stacey McGill in the goal ring, a combination that seems to be clicking for the Blues.

White said the way the side had moved the ball down the court had been some of the team’s best of the season, with particularly strong performances from Caddi Mulholland and Pip Inglis.

‘‘There was some really good connections down the court; after turnovers we made sure we made them count,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s probably something we’ve struggled with, and we’re trying to get it right with some more consistency.

‘‘They’re all talented players, but it’s about just finding the right option.’’

Third on the table and level in wins with Echuca United despite missing players throughout the season, Tongala remain a premiership contender should things click in this back half of the season.

‘‘We’ve lost two games for the year, and the Numurkah game was only by two goals,’’ White said.

‘‘Moama are out in front for a reason and it’s really even after that.

‘‘We’ve got Barooga, United then the bye, and then our season starts after that.’’

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