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Another one for The Road

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July 17, 2017

Swish, swish, Bush: Moama coach Charlotte Long gets up close and personal with Echuca United's Olivia Bish. Photo by Luke Hemer.

The Road are on the march.

Congupna’s brilliant form of late continued on Saturday with a 44-39 win against Mulwala, its fourth straight victory.

Sam Gill’s troops sit inside the Murray Netball League’s top six and confidence has never been higher.

‘‘We’re very happy, we were hoping and expecting that we would get the win,’’ she said.

‘‘At the start of the season it took a while for us all to jel, but everyone’s been working really hard and it’s starting to come together.’’

The Road began in a flurry, putting on 18 goals in the first term to take an 11-goal lead at quarter-time.

The gap remained steady across the second stanza, but after the main break the Lions began to claw their way back into the contest.

‘‘We started raring to go and very hot,’’ Gill said.

‘‘We seemed to get a bit comfortable after that and dropped off, the girls probably aren’t used to being in front, so we need to learn to continue to push and really gain that lead.’’

With Mulwala continuing to tighten the screws, Gill said it was her defenders who really stood up.

‘‘It went goal-for-goal for a bit there, but we managed to just hold on,’’ she said.

‘‘It wasn’t pretty, but we got there. I’m really happy with the way the defenders played.

‘‘Meg Semmens (goal keeper) fixed our mistakes with plenty of intercepts and Taylah Durden (wing defence) got her hands on everything and really got in the face of their wing attack, they were our best.’’

Congupna next faces Echuca United and Gill believed an upset could be on the cards.

‘‘We’re in a bit of a tricky spot with the ladder so close, we’re going to have to work really hard to hold on to that spot,’’ she said.

‘‘But it’s exciting, we’re a real fighting chance.

‘‘If we can get really close or even win, it will show how far we’ve come since the start of the season when they beat us by 30 goals.’’

The Eagles were handed yet another lesson against Moama, losing 25-49.

The Magpies have conceded just more than 25 goals per game on average across 13 rounds so far this season and look simply unstoppable.

Cobram kept its finals chances alive with a 37-29 win against Barooga.

Despite sitting in 10th spot on the ladder the Tigers are only six points from Congupna in sixth, meaning they are still well in contention to taste finals action.

Predictable results followed for the rest of round 13, with Tongala defeating Nathalia 48-41, Numurkah smashing Rumbalara 66-23 and Deniliquin securing a 62-50 win against Finley.

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