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A 22-goal turnaround

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May 14, 2018

Olivia Taverna of Tongala during the MFNL A grade netball match between Tongala and Congupna. Photo by Luke Hemer.

SOMETIMES, a loss is what you need.

It can be seen as a fresh start, or a learning curve for what you need to fix in your own game.

As Richmond football coach Damien Hardwick once said — wins paint over cracks.

So maybe Tongala needed that circuit breaker?

Because they most certainly responded against Congupna to their loss at the hands of Deniliquin in the previous round in the Murray Netball League.

And it was a response to the tune of 22 goals.

Coach Dylan Nexhip said his team was ready to respond.

‘‘The message to the team was all about the way that we reacted to last week,’’ he said.

‘‘Obviously we were coming up against a different opposition this week, but that doesn’t change your plans that you already have in place.

‘‘We talked about making sure that we executed our game plan properly to the way that we wanted it to be played to.

‘‘You don’t claim for a second that it was an outstanding performance for us by any means — it was more of a solid performance.’’

Nexhip said with Deniliquin in top form, as well as the added threat of Rumbalara — fresh off victory over Moama — it was essential for his team to take the opportunities in games like this.

‘‘There are going to be a number of teams at the top of the table,’’ he said.

‘‘With the amount of quality that will be in the top end, we know how hard we are going to have to work in order to be a presence at the end of the season.

‘‘There is a huge difference between six and one and five and two.

‘‘We know that we are going to have some pretty tough matches coming up, so it was essential to get the points in games where we absolutely should.’’

There are interleague duties for a number of Tongala players this weekend, followed by a showdown with Echuca United after the bye.

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