Echuca falls within inches of grand final berth

By Andrew Johnston

NETBALL can be a game of inches, where one simple mistake can cost a side a match.

And even worse, it could cost them a spot in the grand final.

For Echuca's netballers, one goal was the difference on Saturday as they fell to Seymour in the Goulburn Valley League second semi-final, forcing them into next Sunday's preliminary final.

Echuca coach Gina Pearson said here side had come incredibly close to a grand final spot.

"It's disappointing no doubt," she said.

"The reality is we were one shot away from a grand final. We missed a shot with not long remaining in the match and would have had the centre pass after the score, so it would have given us the chance to go in and score quickly.

"We did a lot of things well during the game, our goalers shot fantastically, there wasn't much in it. We shot at 79 per cent for the game, while Seymour shot at 80 per cent. It's just a couple of things we need to do slightly better next time we play."

While Echuca weren't perfect shooting for goal, Pearson said her side had a lot of positives to take away from the match.

"We feel pretty good coming out of the match," she said.

"We had a lot of things go our way, we got out to two good leads at different stages of the match, so we know we have the ability to get on top of the contest when we play our best netball.

"At stages of the game we were going goal for goal, but when we did get out to those leads they were able to push their way back into the contest, so it's something we will need to continue to work on.

"It was just one of those games where things didn't end up going our way, we have one or two things we will work on, but we are pretty happy with our performance and what next week will look like.

"Sometimes its just the small things that make a difference, so we will make sure to get those small things right."