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MNL wrap

By Tyler Maher

Nathalia is a game clear inside the Murray Netball League’s top eight after another win on Saturday.

The Purples snared their fifth positive result in a row — four victories and a draw — to shore up their position on the table.

Emma McDonald’s troops controlled the contest from the outset against winless Katandra on Saturday, eventually claiming a 53-33 triumph.

Nathalia was dominant across the court in the win, but as always its defensive end was in impressive form.

‘‘Blaise Mortimer, Lisa Kellow and Amy Brooks were just so good in defence,’’ McDonald said.

‘‘Our goalers were shooting very well, but our defensive end just created so many turnovers.

‘‘It’s been good to string some games together, everything’s clicked and has fallen into place.

‘‘We took control straight away and that never really wavered. We were able to give a few younger girls a run too, which was great.’’

The Purples face an opponent at the opposite end of the ladder to the Kats next week in Rumbalara, a clash McDonald is looking forward to.

‘‘We’ve probably had a run against middle of the ladder teams,’’ she said.

‘‘Rumbalara will be a good test and will give us a reflection of where we’re really at.’’

●Tongala also had an important win on Saturday, defeating Tungamah 34-29.

Moama was back on the winner’s list against Cobram, but it was another tight affair as the Magpies claimed a 53-43 result.

In other fixtures, Deniliquin had a big win against Numurkah 75-18, Echuca United defeated Congupna 57-30 and Mulwala edged out Finley 48-42.

Rumbalara also had plenty of reason for celebration with an 82-26 triumph against Barooga.