Slow start: Storms 1, Echuca 0

April 16, 2018

Echuca's Olivia Hannon shoots for goal.

Echuca's Zara Pearson watches the ball in flight.

GINA Pearson has seen a lot of netball in her time in the sport.

But she has never seen a game like this.

When asked about the ‘‘pretty horrible’’ conditions, her reply was blunt.

‘‘Not pretty horrible, that was the worst I have ever coached in.’’

With major winds and heavy rains, the netball courts of Seymour became a difficult place to play.

But the Murray Bombers produced some high quality netball throughout the game, losing by two goals to a strong Lions side.

Pearson said her side showed their skills after a slow start.

‘‘We let them get away to a start on us again, we’ve started pretty slowly in the first two weeks of the season,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘It’s something that we have now identified about our game is the way that we start off our matches. We want to come out and play our very best netball from the start of the game. It’s not ideal to be spending most of the match playing catch-up.’’

Playing catchup almost played out for the best for the Murray Bombers for the second week in a row.

Making a late charge for the match, Echuca was one goal away from tying the game, with their centre feed to follow to possibly put the side in front in the dying moments of the match.

The shot missed and the Lions held on.

Pearson was full of praise for her opposition.

‘‘I think Seymour will be one of the better sides in our competition this year,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘They move the ball incredibly well, they’re a really well structured side with some amazing talent in their line up. I think as the season goes on, we will see that Seymour are one of the best netball teams in the competition.’’

Regarding the structure of her own line up, Pearson said it was still a work in progress.

‘‘We are very lucky in that we have 10 incredibly talented girls out there representing the club,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘We still don’t fully know what the best way of putting those players on the court is, so we will continue to work on our structure so that as the season goes by we have fully locked down our best line up, but also by producing the best netball we have while we do so.’’

For this week’s match against Shepparton United, the Murray Bombers won’t have to look too far back for their lessons.

‘‘We were lucky enough to play against them in the Rochester tournament during the pre season, so we have a bit of experience against them. We have a few things that we are going to have to work on throughout the week to play our best against them.’’

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