Undera gallant in defeat

By Lauren Bordin

The summer months could present a long wait for Undera, with the Lions a side to watch out for in Kyabram District Netball League next year.

Amanda Gledhill’s and Amy Reid’s side could not knock over top four team Dookie United on Saturday, but a 13-goal loss did not result in a disappointed squad.

Reid has been missing since tearing ligaments in her ankle when the two sides last met a month ago, leaving Undera a goaler short.

But Gledhill was rapt with how the defenders took charge on Saturday.

‘‘The defence end created really good opportunities, unfortunately we’ve just got goalers learning to work together,’’ Gledhill said.

‘‘I think the girls have been so competitive against the top four or five sides, we just can’t get across the line.

‘‘They’ve done really well and really stood up and shown resilience.’’

But the goalers will be given time, with Gledhill still searching for development as Undera rounds out the season with matches against Avenel and Longwood.

‘‘The scoreline doesn’t faze me as long as our skills don’t drop off,’’ she said.

‘‘We just want to keep our structures in place and not drop our heads because we’re not playing in finals.

‘‘We want to play out our next two rounds well and start building the group together because we’ve done a great job testing the top five sides.’’

Avenel has had some recent tough matches, but showed no signs of losing in a 53-22 defeat of Lancaster.

The Swans proved they are a class above the bottom half of the table with the win allowing them to rebound from last round’s 18-goal loss to Murchison-Toolamba.

Merrigum’s four points on Saturday did not come easy, grinding out a 10-goal win against Longwood, while Nagambie eased past Ardmona, 65-20.