Echuca’s netballers make it hard going

April 02, 2018

IT’S only round one but Echuca is already looking like the final quarter experts.

Down seven goals at three-quarter-time in the A grade netball game against Tatura, the Murray Bombers dominated with 15 goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a one goal win.

Though coach Gina Pearson says there were a lot of flaws in their game.

‘‘I think we came to the game a bit late,’’ she said.

‘‘We had a lot of turnovers during that match.

‘‘We had roughly the same number but until late we weren’t able to put them away.

‘‘It’s something that we have to look at as we go forward.’’

Tatura started the better of the two sides, opening up a five goal lead at the first change, leading 14 goals to nine.

Defensive efforts from Tamara Nicholls and Meg Rohde placed pressure on the Bulldogs, however down the attacking end, Echuca were struggling to convert.

The Murray Bombers had an improved start to the second quarter with more consistent ball movement.

Tatura responded, matching all of Echuca’s goals.

Erin Hill provided great drive through the centre, well supported by Olivia Hannon.

An evenly matched quarter saw Tatura still in front at the main break, heading into the sheds with a 22-18 lead.

Newcomers Claudia Mawson and Bridget Byrne moved well in the ring throughout the match down both ends of the court.

The game continued to be evenly matched, but it was Tat who would maintain the advantage, extending their lead out to seven goals at the final break.

But the Murray Bombers sparked into gear late.

Returning player Sheridan Townrow gave great options in attack, making Bulldogs defenders work hard.

Tat would add seven goals in the final quarter, but it was the Murray Bombers who would dominate the court.

With momentum on their side, the team would score and incredible 15 final quarter goals to claim victory by a single goal.

Pearson said the team would continue to experiment with the line up.

‘‘We are still unsure about what our best line up is going to be for the year,’’ she said.

‘‘We will continue to look at who we play and where they line up as the season goes on.

‘‘Hopefully we get better as we become more settled.’’

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