After the disappointment of losing to competition leader Dookie United before the bye, Nagambie rebounded with a resounding 26-goal win over fellow top-four side Tallygaroopna on Saturday.
It’s this confidence the Lakers will be looking to take into the final round of the home-and-away season this Saturday, when tasked with playing Dookie United for a second time in four rounds.
Speaking to the Shepparton News, Nagambie co-coach Sarah Sanderson said the prospect of only playing top sides in the the final month of the season was a welcome prospect for the club.
"Bad habits started to creep in, and we know you can't afford to have them against the top sides," Sanderson said.
"It's really been a perfect tune-up for finals.”
After losing to Dookie United by seven goals in round 15, the Lakers came back from the bye refreshed and firing against Tallygaroopna.
With all nine players available to play for the first time this season, Sanderson felt it was the team's most complete performance of the season to date.
“The first term was really even — nobody capitalised on their chances," Sanderson said.
“But we were really patient after that and just took our time with the ball and slowly built our lead.
"It was a great boost for our confidence."
Madeline Moore was again a standout for the Lakers, as was shooter Sharni Lloyd.
"Madeline was superb in defence,” Sanderson said.
“She's had an up and down year, having been thrown from goals to defence.
"But each week she is improving her game and she's gaining plenty of confidence.
"And Sharni played a strong game in attack for us. Her record speaks for itself. She hardly missed a shot all day.''
Calling the match against Dookie United "frustrating" for everyone, Sanderson said the Lakers would be looking to redeem themselves and level the score with the competition's best.
"[Last time] we just didn't execute the way we wanted to," Sanderson said.
"There were a lot of silly mistakes and we turned the ball over far too many times. We fell into their trap and played their way.
"But we are really looking forward to having another crack at them this weekend."
• In other results, Nagambie's B-grade side lost its clash to Tallygaroopna 28-59, while in C-grade the Redlegs again got the points over the Lakers with a 36-28 win.
In junior results, the Under-17s took out their match, 45-18; the Under-15s fell by 24 goals; while Under-13s dominated the Redlegs to post a 22-goal victory.
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