Blues chase double chance, Lions fight to stay in contention

August 12, 2017

Three of a kind: Mulwala will be overwhelmed by a wave of Judd's today at the Numurkah Showgrounds with Eilish (pictured), Kendal and playing coach Renee all set to take to the court.Big day on court: Murray netballer Eilish Judd was the best player for team in the under-17 clash with Wimmera before filling in for the open side.Eilish Judd during the 2017 AFL Victoria Community Championships Murray FNL v Wimmera FNL 17 and under netball. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Numurkah can almost grab a Murray Netball League double chance with a big win against Mulwala today.

The Blues will not take the result for granted though, with injuries threatening to decimate Renee Judd’s squad.

‘‘We certainly will be looking to secure that double chance but we won’t be underestimating the Mulwala girls,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re a young team and are pretty hard to predict, but we’ve got a few injuries too so we will be pretty young as well.’’

Judd’s daughter Eilish, along with Ruby Arnel, will play limited minutes today as the pair recover from injury, opening the door for Eilish’s younger sister Kendal, 14, to make her A-grade debut.

‘‘We’ll be having plenty of rotations to try and get a win,’’ Judd said.

‘‘We’ll also be trying to preserve all of our bodies with a couple of tough games coming up.

‘‘The girls will be looking to get a good performance under their belts and come into some good form over the next couple of weeks and into finals.’’

A loss would see the Lions’ finals hopes slip through their fingers after occupying a position in the top six for most of the year, meaning they will have to throw everything at their more-favoured opponent.

Meanwhile, Finley can jump back into sixth spot on the table with an upset of its own against Echuca United.

The Eagles won by just nine goals last time the two teams met and a similarly close game should be on show today.

The final match of the round provides Rumbalara and Barooga with the opportunity to secure a rare victory as the season draws to a close.

Rumba has not been able to find a way to win so far this year, while the Hawks have only tasted success twice.

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