Cats land on feet again

June 04, 2018

Mooroopna has bounced back magnificently from its first loss of the Goulburn Valley League netball season.

Mooroopna has bounced back magnificently from its first loss of the Goulburn Valley League netball season.

The Cats — who fell to Echuca by 23 goals — quickly resumed regular service on Saturday with a hard-fought 35-29 win against Seymour.

The contest between the two best defensive units in the competition was far from a dour affair, with Mooroopna’s Martine Rodger lighting up her side’s attacking circle.

Rodger netted 24 goals of her own to spearhead the victory for the Cats, but coach Jenny Barlow heaped praise on every member of her team after the win.

‘‘The team showed a really good comeback in their defensive pressure all over the court, so I was really impressed with that,’’ Barlow said.

‘‘We played really well in attack too, the transition and feed into the shooters was really good and direct.

‘‘Shelby Britten and Mia Fallon moved the ball around if the shooters weren’t ready as well, which was good.

‘‘Martine played well, but I think it was more that we were getting the ball into the circle well and there was really good movement of the other shooter in the circle to get her free.

‘‘Ash Lancaster really controlled the defensive circle with Maddi Wong and their movement was very easy.

‘‘Ash was particularly strong in attack too, she moved the ball well down the court and got quite a few intercepts as well.

‘‘Another one was Lacey Paaker, she played a full game of under-17s and a full game in A-grade, she made some great contributions at wing defence.’’

The Cats got the jump on the Lions at Kings Park to be five goals up at the first change.

A tighter second term had the Cats extending their lead by a solitary goal, from where it would stay for the rest of the contest as the two sides traded blows evenly after the main break.

Meg Grbac, Sarah Douglas and Georgia Engel impressed for the home side, while Ellie O’Sullivan and coach Laura Carland led the way in attack with 11 goals apiece.

Despite the important triumph though, Barlow knows her troops must continue to get better each week.

‘‘I am very proud of the girls and proud of how they’re adapting to changes on the court,’’ she said.

‘‘But we have still got a lot of work to do in really jelling and getting more attacking power out of the shooters.

‘‘We’re still not putting enough scoreboard pressure on because we had numerous attempts which missed, so we need to improve on that.’’

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