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Road to success

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April 07, 2018

Taking aim: Congupna's Kate Boswell is not hindered by a defender as she takes a penalty shot on goal.

Congupna coach Sam Gill wants her charges to play out a full game of netball today when they host Finley.

The Road went down by just one goal to Mulwala last week, with Gill blaming a lapse in concentration in the third quarter for the loss.

‘‘We really struggled in the heat last week, but we were really happy with three of our four quarters,’’ Gill said.

‘‘We’re not sure what to expect from Finley, so we’re just focusing on our game because that’s what we can control.

‘‘It’s very exciting to have a home game, I do think we’re a stronger team at home as most sides are.

‘‘Hopefully, we can come away with the four points, because we don’t want two close losses in the first two rounds where we feel we could have gotten wins.’’

The inclusions of Lauren Orr, Brittany Orchard and Marni Thorne have strengthened Congupna’s line-up already, with regular shooter Kate Boswell able to step back into more of a coaching role.

‘‘Lauren is a dominant and strong player in the ring, and the combination between her and myself really just worked, which was great,’’ Gill said.

‘‘Kate is assisting with the coaching and is the main shooter in B-grade, but will also help us out with rotations in A-grade.’’

The Cats lost their opening clash of the year by 14 goals against Deniliquin, but debutant Savannah Wilson and fellow rising star Eloise Ashley-Cooper were certainly impressive.

The Rams take on a rejuvenated Rumbalara today, and will again be looking for Hayley Hall, Ella Park and Leah Blake to stand out across the court.

Rianne Hood and Klarindah Hudson led Rumba to a 28-goal win over Numurkah on Good Friday, with new coach Jess Bamblett excited to see her team develop even further this season.

The Blues must bounce back quickly when they host Barooga today, but will be on the lookout for former Yarrawonga star Abbey Jones who was dominant for the Hawks in round one.

Cobram will look to make it two-from-two against Echuca United, with former Tocumwal coach Kate Bird already looking at home in Tiger colours.

Other round-two clashes have Moama battling Nathalia, Tongala hosting Mulwala and Shepparton East and Tungamah debuting in the Murray league after moving across from the Picola competition.

Fellow ex-Picola team Katandra has the bye.

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