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Tongala breaks circuit of losses, looks to build momentum

By Tyler Maher

Tongala is back on the Murray Netball League winners list.

The Blues had endured a tough month on the courts of the region, losing to Echuca United, Moama and Rumbalara in their past three matches, but lifted on Saturday to deal comfortably with Tungamah.

Coach Dylan Nexhip hoped the 49-35 victory would act as a circuit-breaker for his side’s poor run of results.

‘‘We definitely pinpointed it as a must win match, especially because we had lost our last three games,’’ Nexhip said.

‘‘We didn’t really know too much about them going into it, but we just wanted to focus on the basics.

‘‘We want this game to be a turning point for our season.’’

Bridget Hill, Emma Dunn and Tracey Hughes stood out for the Blues, who sit sixth on the ladder ahead of a clash with Numurkah (fourth) next week.

‘‘We need to make sure we keep building on our momentum,’’ Nexhip said.

‘‘We really need to focus on getting the win next week to set us up for the rest of the season.’’

The Bears remain just one game outside the competition’s top eight.

●Cobram had an important 57-41 win against Finley, the club’s eighth of the season.

It puts the Tigers in a strong position to push for a double chance come finals time, sitting just a game outside the top four.

Moama had a big day on the Nathalia Recreation Reserve courts, smashing the Purples 87-22.

Deniliquin also secured a massive victory after taking Shepparton East to the cleaners in a 62-23 triumph.

Congupna and Numurkah played out a thrilling contest at Memorial Park.

The Blues eventually got the nod in a 38-37 result when the final whistle was blown.

In other matches, Rumbalara’s impressive season continued with a 44-38 defeat of Mulwala, while Echuca United was too strong for Barooga on its home court in a 41-33 win.