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Blighty proves too good for young Picola United side

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July 31, 2017

PICOLA UNITED A grade put a bad day down to a terrible start in the Picola and District Netball on Saturday.

The side went down by 32 goals to Blighty at Blighty and was still struggling to find the right mix out on the court.

Alyx Glanville and Penelope Langley were in this week, having missed the previous few games through injury and travel.

Coach Leesa Hooppell said they added invaluable experience to the young side.

‘‘Alyx was still a little way off being match fit, having not played for five weeks, but both girls have a lot of experience and were wise heads out there,’’ Hooppell said.

‘‘It also meant we were able to mix up a few of our combinations when things weren’t working.’’

United trailed by 20 goals at half time and knew changes had to be made.

Under 17s player Ally Boyd was brought on into goal keeper to add some height, Glanville was put in centre and Langley was moved from GK into wing attack to create some drive down the court.

‘‘It just wasn’t working and we needed more drive down the court,’’ Hooppell said.

‘‘Blighty had a great zone defence which we struggled to break.

‘‘Once we got through it, we were all right and we even managed to get some of the margin back in the third quarter.’’

Picola’s fourth term was its strongest as Boyd was moved into goals to give Emma Greaves a run out in her favoured position.

Greaves went into centre in the last and had a brilliant finish to the game.

The teams were close to level in scores during the final quarter with United rounding out the game 32-64.

Blighty’s goal attack proved hazardous as her height dominated the goal ring.

The shots missed between both goalers could have been counted on one hand, which made it incredibly tough for United’s defenders.

Hooppell said she had a couple of big calls to make during the week off in terms of combinations as the round was against Yarroweyah who didn’t have an A grade.

‘‘We’re still in the hunt for finals but whether we make it or not is out of our hands,’’ she said.

‘‘Berrigan could still beat us into the top five by percentage if they win against Strathmerton this week — which is definitely on the cards given the way they’ve been playing.

‘‘We’ve done all we can and will take the four points against Yarroweyah this week before a tough last game against Deniliquin.’’

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