Surprises in first half of split round

August 07, 2017

Up close and personal: Laura Biggs (Deniliquin) keeps her eye on the ball. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Slatt's how you do it: Moama's Angela Slattery passes to a teammate out of defence. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Only three matches were played in the Murray Netball League this week.

Unbelievably, each game threw up a surprise result.

League leader Moama entered its clash against Deniliquin without regular goalers Steph Watson and Emily Atkinson, but still retained strong favouritism to win the match.

However, the Rams forced the home side into an enthralling arm wrestle, with the largest lead of the match just four goals, before eventually playing out a 42-42 stalemate.

‘‘It was a fantastic contest the whole day and a really, really good effort from the girls,’’ Deniliquin coach Jodie Sefton said.

‘‘It was a perfect lead in to the finals for us and gave us an opportunity to see where we’re at.’’

Amelia Wyatt hurt her ankle just after half-time and took no further part in the match, but Sefton said the rest of her side stood up in her absence.

‘‘With the bye coming up she should be all right to come back, but it was good in a way because it tested our depth and versatility,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, Congupna engineered a massive upset win against Tongala to once again put its hand up for a finals berth.

The Road led from the start of the game and fought doggedly to keep the ascendancy all the way to a galvanising 45-40 victory.

‘‘We had nothing to lose, we had each person doing their role and the team as a whole has been successful because of it,’’ coach Sam Gill said.

‘‘We just went for it and kept our intensity up to hold onto the lead.’’

Congupna sits sixth on the ladder, with belief building weekly for Gill’s charges.

‘‘Progressively we’re feeling more confidence each week,’’ she said.

‘‘For us it really lights up our finals chances.

‘‘We’ll be trying not to rest up too much with the week off, so we can try to keep the momentum running.’’

Goal keeper Meg Semmens and midcourter Rhylee Merkesteyn were the most consistent players on the court in the clash.

The final game of the round pitted Cobram against Nathalia.

The Tigers had won two of their past three matches, while the Purples entered the game on a six-match losing streak, but it was the underdogs who prevailed 52-24 to keep their hopes of September action alive.

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