MATHOURA A grade went into round 12 with its backs against the wall coming up against the on song Deniliquin Rovers in the Picola and District Netball League.
The teams took to the courts at Mathoura on Saturday as unlikely winners with the Rovers sitting second on the ladder having lost two games to Tocumwal and Blighty.
The Rovers showed little sign of a two-week break as they stormed home to a 58-goal win — a less damaging result than the previous 62-goal thrashing at Deniliquin.
It’s set them well inside the top five with Tocumwal, Blighty and Strathmerton with the final top five spot still being decided between Picola United and Berrigan.
There has been some signs of improvement with the Timbercutters who have struggled with several injuries this season, but a 20-78 goal defeat showed there was still a lot to be done to match the top sides.
Mathoura on the other hand was focused on finishing strong ahead of next season and would look to regroup during the bye before taking on Strathmerton away.
B grade was still performing strongly, losing by just two goals on Saturday, and had already claimed its finals spot sitting second on the ladder on the same points at Deniliquin.
■ PICOLA UNITED A grade redeemed itself on Saturday with a one-goal upset over Jerilderie in the Picola and District Netball League.
It was a high scoring contest from both sides with Picola holding on in the final stages of the game to run out the fourth quarter 43-42.
Coach Leesa Hoopell earmarked it as a crucial game heading into the round, one they would want to win if they were to hold their position of fifth on the ladder.
It placed a two-game buffer between them and sixth placed Berrigan which could prove vital nearing the end of the year with Tocumwal, Blighty and Deniliquin Rovers — the top three sides — still to come.
Hoopell would take the most comfort in seeing improvement from their round four defeat to the Dees which had them down by seven goals.
Picola had struggled to settle into positions this season with a number of injuries and player movement across the senior grades.
It seems to have found its feet though to be winning games it should in these later stages of the season.
The next clash is against top of the table Tocumwal who handed out a 29-goal hiding at the start of the season.
Picola would go in as underdogs with Tocumwal remaining undefeated from 12 rounds and entering the game well rested following a bye.