Queens of the court still rule

By Andrew Johnston

MOAMA are still the top dogs of the Murray Netball League.

But the girls from Echuca United are coming for the Mowers like a freight train.

At the end of Good Friday, eight goals separated the two sides, with Moama handing the Eagles their first loss of the season after an even contest across the entire match.

United were able to get the jump on their opponents in the early stages of the match, taking a good lead into the opening break and forcing Moama to make some uncharacteristic mistakes.

But as the match wore on, Moama found their groove and were able to work their way back in front.

Moama co-coach Alex Daly said she was very happy with her team’s performance.

“We were really consistent across the whole day,” she said.

“United obviously came at us at stages and we had to play our best netball to get in front and we were able to do so.”

Moama had played against some lower quality sides in the lead up to the match, leaving the side slightly underdone.

But when push came to shove in the match, everything came together.

“We’ve played a lot of netball together, we all know how we play and what we how people will move in a certain situation, so it becomes second nature at times and we were able to use it to our advantage when the game was tough.”

United coach Lisa Drysdale held high praise for her side.

“We were definitely able to match them,” she said.

“Our focus for the day was to see what we were able to do as a netball side, how we were able to match up against a top side.

“We tried a few things, but we also didn’t use all the line-ups and plans that we have at our disposal, so we can continue to learn from that.

United had to deal with a major scare late in the contest, with Liv Bish knocked out after diving for a stray ball, making contact with another player’s hip.

“Liv has a bit of pain in her back, but she’s going to make a full recovery,” Drysdale said.

“We aren’t sure about this week, but she will be back on the court soon.”