Coach lost for words

August 07, 2017

Eagles coach Grace Pedretti was impressed with what her team produced.

Shepparton East has timed its run into the Picola District Netball League south-east finals perfectly.

The Eagles were superb in front of a home crowd on Saturday, recording a 15-goal win against Tungamah.

The Bears entered the match on the back of two straight wins, but could not keep the form going for another week.

Shepparton East dictated the game from the outset, vastly improving on the five-goal win it recorded in round nine against the same opposition.

Eagles coach Grace Pedretti was impressed with what her team produced.

‘‘At the end of the first quarter, we were five up and I said to the girls, ‘let’s just hold our lead’,’’ she said.

‘‘It ended up blowing out, I couldn’t believe it.

‘‘After each quarter I couldn’t say anything to the girls, we were doing so well I didn’t know what to say.’’

Pedretti took control in centre supported on the wings by sister Siarn and Tegan Crawford as the trio halted plenty of ball before having to rely on its circle defence.

Consistent goaler Tiffany Damianopoulos was her reliable self with Pedretti praising her determination and encouragement on court.

The Bears remain in the top five, despite the loss, as chasing pair Katandra and Rennie also lost on Saturday.

The Grasshoppers and Dookie United was a scintillating game between two of the most improved sides this season.

But just a touch more class helped United prevail by two goals in a high-scoring affair.

Waaia and Katunga fought out another tense battle, with the Bombers continuing their unbeaten run.

Defeating the Swans by seven goals, Nikki Foster’s side looks set to finish the regular season unbeaten.

Katamatite enjoyed just its third win of the season, and first since round five, as the Tigers registered an eight-goal win against Katandra.

●The penultimate round of matches in the north-east division gave Deniliquin Rovers belief they have the ability to defeat Tocumwal.

Going down to the ladder leader by just seven goals, the Rovers deserve their second-place spot as they look to meet the Bloods in the finals series.

Mathoura could not match Jerilderie, despite both sides sitting in the bottom four.

The Dees claimed the game by 37 goals in their fourth win of the season, while Strathmerton lost to Berrigan by just five goals.

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