Echuca justifies hype

May 28, 2018

Eyes on the prize: Echuca's Claudia Mawson lines up a shot.

Tough clash: Mooroopna's Mia Fallon and Echuca's Erin Hill battle for ascendancy.

Focused: Mooroopna's Martine Rodger looks to net another goal.

Battling hard: Mooroopna's Madeline Dowling and Echuca's Olivia Hannon contest for possession.

Heading into Saturday’s Goulburn Valley League netball clash between Mooroopna and Echuca, the two squads represented the best defensive and attacking outfits in the competition respectively.

But when the sun set on the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve twilight clash, it was clear which side was better placed heading into the next stage of the season.

The Murray Bombers wheeled out their lethal attacking combinations for yet another weekend, with Sheridan Townrow, Olivia Hannon and Claudia Mawson running rampant in the goal circle to help secure a 49-26 win.

‘‘I was very proud of the way we played,’’ Echuca coach Gina Pearson said.

‘‘We started really well and kept it up from there.’’

The visitors broke clear in the second quarter with a 17-7 effort to take full control of the contest, breaking through Mooroopna’s strong defensive end time and time again.

‘‘We’re not worried too much about who we’re playing, we’re just trying to improve on our own game,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘But we knew they would be good defensively and I think we’re a good defensive side as well.

‘‘We did very well defensively because we were able to shut down their goalers stop the ball at the edge of the circle.’’

The Murray Bombers then won the third term by five goals before taking out a low-scoring last by the same margin.

Zara Pearson, Erin Hill and Holly Long also impressed for Echuca further up the court as the side claimed its sixth win of the season.

‘‘We’re happy that we’re 6-1, but we’ve got some tough games coming up,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘In the next few weeks, we’ll see where we’re at going forward towards finals.’’

For the Cats, late recruit Martine Rodger was judged their best player, with Shelby Britten and Georgia Gattuso supporting her well.

Such is the evenness of the GVL though that Mooroopna has dropped from first to fourth with its first loss of the season, while Echuca has moved to second.

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