Goalers have chance to shine

August 05, 2017

Time to shine: Moama will be depleted in attack for this week's clash with Deniliquin. Georgia Groves will have to step up in absence of regular goalers Steph Watson and Emily Atkinson. Groves' goal-fest: Moama netted 88 goals against Rumbalara with goal attack Georgia Groves dominating.Georgia Groves of Moama during the MFNL A grade netball match between Moama and Rumbalara. Photo by Luke Hemer.

A split round in the Murray Netball League does not mean today’s action will be any less fierce.

All three matches will have ramifications for where each side finishes at the end of the season.

Ladder leader Moama enters its clash with Deniliquin off of the back of arguably the most dominant performance of the season so far.

The Magpies held finals contender Mulwala to just seven goals, the first time since round three 2015 an A-grade side has been held to a single-figure score in a completed contest (when Tongala defeated Cobram 70-8).

But Charlotte Long’s side will have to face the red-hot Rams without two of its most influential stars, with Steph Watson and Emily Atkinson set to miss the game.

Georgia Groves and Cindy Kusli are expected to step into the goal ring and the pair will have to perform well.

Deniliquin has secured five wins in a row, but coach Jodie Sefton knows her troops will be tested in the next two matches, with a fixture against Numurkah scheduled for after the bye.

‘‘We’ve been tracking pretty well in the last few weeks with players starting to come back from injury and travel and all sorts of other things,’’ she said.

‘‘This will be an important fortnight for us to see where we’re at.’’

With Moama’s side a different mix from previous seasons, Sefton will use this game to learn as much about the premiership favourite as possible.

‘‘The challenge for us is that we’re not that familiar with a lot of Moama’s players,’’ she said.

‘‘But we’ve got quite a few combinations that we can run through and we have confidence that any of those can work for us.’’

Meanwhile, Congupna hosts Tongala today and will attempt to secure another galvanising victory at home.

The Road would leap back into sixth position with a win, but will need to be at its best to defeat the Blues.

The final match of the round pits Cobram against Nathalia, and the Tigers can also push into the most hotly contested spot on the ladder, occupied by Finley, with a huge triumph.

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