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Axe falls down on Timbercutters as side fails to get a win this season

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August 08, 2017

MATHOURA A grade coughed up its last chance at a victory this season, going down to Jerilderie by 37 goals in the Picola and District Netball League.

There was one round remaining for 2017 and unless Mathoura could produce something spectacular against top of the table Tocumwal, it is likely to end in another defeat.

Mathoura was without one of its key defenders in Laura Hudson this week, but had captain Jenna Smith back in the side.

She produced a stunning game in wing defence and in the defensive circle, reading the play well and bringing plenty of on-court leadership.

However, a disappointing second quarter continued the Timbercutters’ winless season.

An injury to Jerilderie’s Rhiannon Roe (GK) during the first quarter shifted the momentum in Mathoura’s favour, who started strongly and trailed by just two at quarter-time (11-13).

But Roe came back on after the break and created several turnovers under the post to put the home side back in the driver’s seat.

By half-time Mathoura had fallen 12 goals adrift and the writing was on the wall.

The Timbercutters changed around both defence and attack in the third with Sophie Harding-Davies and Bridget Penney swapping places in GS and GA. The defensive line-up of Gaby Murray, Rebecca McCluskey and Jenna Smith was also shuffled around, but it did little to turn the tide.

The Dees continued to push out the margin in the third quarter and by the final change was up 47-25. Mathoura struggled to run out the game; outscored seven goals to 22 in the fourth term.

Jerilderie held strong for its second win this year, a convincing 69-32.

Injuries and absences had been Mathoura’s biggest problem in finding consistency but it could take some confidence in knowing its young side would have a season of A grade experience under its belt heading into 2018.

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