Hardwork finally starting to payoff for The Road

July 15, 2017

Despite there being six rounds of the Murray Netball League season still to be played, Congupna is already having its most productive year since 2014.

Under the guidance of first-year coach Sam Gill, The Road has secured four wins and a draw after 12 rounds, with three of those successes coming in the past three matches.

Gill believes her charges are finally receiving reward for their effort.

‘‘Things feel like they’re finally coming together,’’ she said.

‘‘The group has put in a lot of hard work over the preseason and the start of the year and it’s fantastic.

‘‘We’re playing some really good netball over the past five to six games.’’

Congupna has climbed the ladder into seventh after losing its first five matches of the year and will host sixth-placed Mulwala today in a crucial clash.

If The Road is victorious, finals action could be on the table.

‘‘We’re a long way from the top team, but we’re definitely competitive now with everyone else,’’ Gill said.

‘‘It’s hard, you don’t want to put a lot of pressure on the team but it (finals) has definitely been mentioned.

‘‘With a win we could go to sixth, but if we lose we could go back to 10th, it’s a really close competition.

‘‘But if we keep playing the way we have been I think we deserve to get the points.’’

Another blockbuster contest will be staged in Echuca, with United hosting undefeated Moama.

The Magpies held their rivals to just 16 goals in round two, but the Eagles will be a much tougher task this time around after going on a winning run of nine matches after that game.

Tongala will make the trip to Nathalia in the hopes of holding on to second, but with Lisa Kellow expected to return for the Purples it should be a close match.

Numurkah will look to boost its percentage when it faces Rumbalara, while Deniliquin and Finley will also do battle.

The final match of the round pits Barooga against Cobram and, if the Tigers fail to bring down the Hawks, it will spell an end to their finals chances.

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