Moama’s mission to mow Deni down

August 04, 2017

MOAMA Football Club’s wish to progress up the Murray Football League ladder could be answered this weekend — if only for a week.

With the split round the Mowers are a chance to move above Mulwala and Barooga, both playing next week, if they can perform against Deniliquin at Moama Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

They will go into the game with as much respect for Deni as they have for any side, according to coach Mark Lloyd.

‘‘We have a lot of respect for a side like Deniliquin,’’ Lloyd said. ‘‘They had a lot of players out the first time we played them.

‘‘Since then they’ve managed to beat Mulwala and have been playing good footy of late with seven wins this year. We need to certainly come to play this week — our focus is on Deniliquin.’’

Deniliquin is coming into the game off three straight wins and before that had narrowly lost to Nathalia by eight points.

Their round five encounter saw Moama thrash the Rams at Hardinge St Oval by 86 points.

But they are a serious contender in the Murray league and will force Moama to bring the same intensity they had against Mulwala on Saturday.

‘‘Our last fortnight is pretty tough,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We’ve got Barooga and then Nathalia. Although it’s a while off, the guys need to keep their minds on the job and make sure we win in trying to progress up the ladder.’’

■TONGALA Football Club has only pride left to play for this season having fallen well outside of finals contention.

And the Blues will look to redeem themselves to some extent against Congupna this weekend.

Given their performances in recent weeks the game could go either way.

Congupna had the home ground advantage this time and would be just as hungry for a win after going down by nine points to the Blues in round five.

However, Tongala had the edge on Congupna having won 3-12 this season compared to the Road’s 2-13.

Tongala had eight returning players on Saturday against Cobram but were let down by inaccuracy and disposal efficiency.

Jack Monigatti and Riley Bacon were standouts in their first games back and would have another big impact tomorrow as their star player Jordan Souter.

Coach Travis Edwards said the Blues would go in as underdogs.

‘‘Players taking mid-season holidays and on work commitments has eased up, so we’re hoping to get a few back and have some stability for our last three games,’’ he said.

‘‘Our performance over the next three weeks will play a massive part in the club moving forward next season with coaches, current players and potential recruits.’’

■THE depth of Moama Netball Club’s A grade will be tested tomorrow when it takes on top four side Deniliquin.

The Mowers will be without two of their goalers in Steph Watson and Emilly Atkinson for the game at Moama Recreation Reserve, meaning Georgia Groves and Cindy Kusli will have to be up to the task.

Groves has been a formidable goaler in recent weeks and her accuracy will come in handy against Deniliquin who will be looking to push the top side.

Deniliquin’s own goal ring could prove a problem this week with their top goaler Bec White possibly still out.

The Rams will again be looking to play an Under 17 in the role, but it is difficult for any player to match up against Angela Slattery and Georgie Crowe.

The pair’s height and ability to read the play has made them quite the dynamic defensive line-up which kept Mulwala to just seven goals on Saturday.

■TONGALA Netball Club will be coming off an easy A grade victory when it heads into Congupna this week.

But it can’t afford to be complacent as it continues to push for a top two finish on the Murray Netball League ladder.

The Road are sitting two points outside of the top six and their desperation for a win makes them a dangerous underdog tomorrow at Congupna.

The Blues will again be depleted, however it hasn’t stopped them from taking away the four points in the past.

Tracey Hughes and Sara Pettifer have stepped up to be an important goaling combination in recent weeks and when they’re on-song Tongala seems to get the win.

They’ve bled several junior players this season due to injuries and will likely have another young player on the court tomorrow to fill a mid-court role with Caddison Mulholland out.

The Blues are just two percentage points off Numurkah and need a strong win tomorrow to boost their ladder position of third.

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