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Picola’s only choice is to win

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August 12, 2017

Picola United vs Berrigan, round 12, 2017

BERRIGAN Netball Club’s upset over Strathmerton at the weekend made tomorrow’s Picola and District Netball League A grade clash a must win for Picola United.

United’s place in the finals is on the line as Berrigan’s higher percentage would make them fifth on the ladder should United lose this week to Deniliquin Rovers.

But the four points won’t come easily as the teams’ previous encounter saw the Rovers come away as 18-goal winners.

Coach Leesa Hooppell said a sound week of training had put them in good stead for tomorrow’s match-up.

‘‘We spent a good amount of time working on our attacking combinations,’’ Hooppell said.

‘‘It’s now in the girls hands as to whether they want it badly enough.

‘‘There is a lot to play for and it’s going to take four consistent quarters from the team to get over Deniliquin.’’

Despite being behind Deniliquin in past games, this time United has everything to play for and nothing to lose.

Hooppell said there was no reason the girls couldn’t win, especially after the Saints took down Strathmerton.

‘‘Berrigan has one of the best goaling combinations around and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them in finals,’’ she said.

‘‘But we want to be there just as much and can take confidence from their win that a solid performance can beat any side.’’

The Rovers speed through the mid-court is going to be difficult to stop and Hooppell said whole-court pressure would be needed to slow the delivery into their goal ring.

The opposition’s goal attack was a formidable player and would be another person United would have to stop in tomorrow’s game.

‘‘Lucy (Howard) plays a beautiful game and will be one to watch for,’’ Hooppell said.

‘‘She goals and feeds well and plays an excellent goal attack/wing attack role.

‘‘If we can’t confine her she will cause us a lot of grief.’’

The coach said players would need to earn their place on the court and positions would change if they weren’t performing.

‘‘The girls know the plan and what they need to do to win,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s just a matter of pulling together a team effort for four quarters.’’

■MATHOURA A grade will take on top of the table Tocumwal tomorrow in their final game of the season.

The Timbercutters will take the wooden spoon for 2017 and possibly finish without a win, unless they could produce something special against the Bloods.

They are undeniably the underdogs in tomorrow’s clash at Mathoura as Tocumwal looked to cap off an undefeated season.

After this round, their attention will turn to the B grade team, having secured its post-season showing by finishing second on the ladder.

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