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Cobram too strong for the Road

By Lachlan Durling

Last weekend saw a confidence-inspiring win for Cobram’s A-grade netballers against Congupna in the Murray Netball competition as the girls hit the Road 37-45.

And it was confidence they will need for this week’s match when the side hosts second-placed Moama.

Coach Kate Bird said the weekend’s eight goal victory was a good margin however the game could have had more polish.

‘‘It wasn’t our best netball because there were a lot of unforced errors in our passing,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re lucky our defence was getting so many turnovers.’’

It was close until the Tigers took the game with a solid third quarter performance.

In the accolades, Keely Bond topped the list for her versatility and accuracy on the court.

‘‘We moved her from playing in goals last season to the midcourt because we needed to fill a gap and she’s been outstanding,’’ Bird said.

‘‘Last weekend we moved her back to goals for the second half and her intensity and speed was brilliant. She’s done a really good job to adjust so quickly.

‘‘Tessa Bruni was outstanding too. She was like a magnet in wing defence — it’s where she plays some of her best netball but we do miss her drive up the attack end.’’

In B-grade, it was a momentous occasion for Claire Baxter who played her 100th club game, but the Tigers could not hold off the Road which ran away with the game and an 18-goal victory.

With Helen Bruni out injured last week Bird said the attack end was lacking spark. The loss leaves the Tigers seventh on the ladder and should make for an interesting weekend against the fourth-placed Magpies.

C-grade is sitting pretty at third on the ladder while the younger levels are still outside of a top six place.

Regardless, it should be an interesting competition, with all eyes will be on the A-grade which Bird said would have its work cut out for it.

‘‘It will be tough but if we can get a good start to the game we should be able to keep the margin narrower,’’ she said.

‘‘With our games against Echuca United and Rumbalara we were down in the first few minutes and they just took it from there.

‘‘So we’ve just got to get a good start and continue that through the game — if we can play like we did against Mulwala we could be in with a chance.’’