ECHUCA A grade endured another setback to its momentum following a second consecutive loss in the Goulburn Valley League on Saturday.
The Murray Bombers were keen to shake off their loss to Kyabram with an away win over Euroa this week, but instead recorded a 13-goal defeat.
Echuca’s shorter style of game meant it was more suited to the wet weather conditions although it came down to experience with poor decision-making at crucial times allowing the Magpies to run away with the game.
However coach Casey Frame said they wouldn’t be focusing on the negatives moving forward.
‘‘A negative mindset won’t benefit us in anyway,’’ Frame said.
‘‘It’s important we look at what we’re doing well as a team and building on those things.’’
Euroa had a different A grade line-up to their round one encounter having picked up two more experienced players throughout the season.
They called on the big guns Saturday with Maisie Barlow filling in for a one-off game.
‘‘It definitely hurt us,’’ Frame said.
‘‘We were always expecting a tough game regardless of who they had out on the court given their results from the last couple of rounds.
‘‘Maisie was a really handy player and made a difference for them in the mid-court but we were mostly focused on our game though and ensuring we played the way we wanted to.’’
Frame said it was disappointing to see good defensive pressure go to waste as the Murray Bombers continued to throw away their chances.
‘‘We would get the ball in our hands and then lose it,’’ Frame said.
‘‘We had really strong defensive pressure throughout the game, but we were just let down by inconsistency.’’
The first two quarters were relatively even with Euroa outscoring the Murray Bombers by six goals to lead 24-18 at half-time.
Positional changes were made to try and get the game on their terms with Abby Poulton moving into goal attack and Meg Rohde coming on into wing attack.
‘‘We were at a point where something had to change,’’ Frame said as they were again outscored 9-11 in the third quarter.
‘‘It didn’t have the impact we were looking for which is why we made even more changes in the last.’’
The Magpies tall goal shooter Deana Tuppen gave them a solid target under the post and made a difficult task for Kloe Miechel in goal keeper.
She took charge of the front position to make hard work for Euroa’s feeders and combined well with Eve Gregor in goal defence to cause a lot of turnovers.
‘‘She probably had a few lapses in concentration which presented opportunities for Euroa,’’ Frame said.
‘‘If she can become more consistent that will see her really dominate in her role.
‘‘We made a change in the last quarter putting Eve back into goal keeper and bringing Kloe off which didn’t work for us as it took away that height.’’
The fourth quarter was the Magpies most dominant as they ran out the game 51-38.
Frame was most pleased with the performances of her more experienced players in Lisa Drysdale and Erin Hill and the defensive efforts of Dearnah Kent and Gregor.
‘‘You always know what you’re going to get with Drysy,’’ Frame said.
‘‘She’s built a strong partnership with Liv Hannon and they’re creating a lot of good rotations under the ring.
‘‘Erin had a great tussle against Maisie in centre and remained level-headed for the four quarters and didn’t get sucked into anything which was a real credit to her.’’
Reaching the back-end of the season Frame said she looked forward to playing most teams for a second time and said the main goal now would be turning their earlier losses of one or two goals into wins.
Their next test will be Benalla at home who the Murray Bombers went down to by three goals in round two.