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Blighty’s draw nothing to be concerned about

By Tyler Maher

Blighty’s Picola District Netball League record received its first blemish last week, but the Redeyes remain the team to beat heading towards finals.

Molly Cochrane’s troops let a late lead slip in a 43-all draw against Katunga, but the Blighty coach was not too concerned with the result.

‘‘That was a really good game and they really tested us,’’ Cochrane said.

‘‘We’re not too worried about it though, we didn’t really want to go into finals with too much of a target on our backs.’’

The Redeyes take on Mathoura in Timbercutter country this Saturday and Cochrane was expecting another tight game.

‘‘Mathoura will be tough, they were last time we played them,’’ she said.

‘‘The draw made us realise that we need to keep working hard, we haven’t been playing our best netball in the last few weeks.’’

Rhiannan Maxwell and Natalie Tremble have stood out for the Redeyes in the side’s past few fixtures.

Breathing down Blighty’s collective neck is Tocumwal.

The Bloods have drawn within two premiership points of the ladder-leader and coach Millie Ferguson is happy with how her charges are tracking.

‘‘We’re coming off the back of a few girls having injuries and being on holiday,’’ Ferguson said.

‘‘We’re getting most of them back next week, so we’ll still be looking to get a bit of development through some juniors and lower-grade players.

‘‘I’m pretty rapt with the girls’ season so far, it’s been a really successful year and we’ve had consistency all over the court.’’

Tocumwal hosts Katamatite on Saturday, with Ferguson happy her side gets to play former PDNL south-east division clubs this year.

‘‘It’s been quite nice having the other sides enter our competition this year,’’ she said.

‘‘I think the comp is much stronger because of it.’’

Steph Puopolo — who is Hawthorn star Paul’s third cousin — has been outstanding for the Bloods when she has been able to play this season, and will look to dominate again when her side takes on the Tigers.

Other fixtures this weekend include Yarroweyah hosting Waaia, Picola United facing Berrigan, Katunga battling Rennie and Jerilderie travelling to Deniliquin.