Tonny’s just hanging in there

By Andrew Johnston

FINALS ARE still on the agenda for the Tongala A grade netballers.

In spite of a rough two months of netball which have seen the Blues struggle to record a win, Saturday’s result against Katandra has kept the heartbeat on the season going.

The Blues came away with a four-goal win against the Kats, just their second win in nine games.

But those at the Blues know that this season is far different to anything they have had planned.

Coach Dylan Nexhip said his girls were happy to be back on the winners list.

‘‘It is nice to get the win,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had a rough few weeks, so the bye probably came at the best possible time for us, it allowed us to reset to an extent and get back on the track we wanted to be.’’

With the Blues facing off against Congupna and Echuca United in their remaining games, it is highly likely that they will play finals in spite of their mid season slump, that saw them fall from a 5-0 record to spending the past week outside of the eight.

But whether that finals spot comes or not, Nexhip said the season won’t be defined in that way.

‘‘We would obviously love to play finals this season,’’ he said.

‘‘But our season has not been what we were expecting. We have lost a number of players to season ending injuries that have impacted how we have been able to play.

‘‘It has meant we have been able to play some of our younger girls and give them some senior netball experience. We fielded Lilly Waasdorp and Alyce Bower who are both only 14. Getting to give them the experience of playing A grade netball at their age is going to be wonderful for them in the long run.’’

But focus needs to be on the finals.

While Tonny have cooled off drastically since the start of the season, this is still at its core one of the best netball sides in the region.

And if the Blues were to make it to the finals, there is nothing to suggest that they can’t make a few shocks and go deep into the finals.