NCWL: Bears look to be firing at right moment

By Aydin Payne

With one round remaining until the Northern Country Women's League finals action begins, there are still two sides gunning for the fourth and last post-season berth.

Rumbalara and Mooroopna are tied on six wins apiece after 13 rounds and have one more chance to punch a finals ticket.

The Cats take on bottom side Tatura, while Rumbalara faces a rampant Shepparton this Sunday.

Shepparton is coming off a 105-point victory against Benalla and has locked in second spot.

The Bears look to be back playing their best and have won their past four matches in a row.

Coach Brad Smith said Sunday's result was a great performance as his side welcomed back plenty of personnel.

"Around eight players came back in, which helps us with our structure and helps get us back to our true line-up," Smith said.

"Which is really important with finals being just around the corner."

One of those players back in was midfielder Emma Ley, who led the way with her tackling and pressure, was named best afield for the Bears.

Ash Thorneycroft booted six goals in what was a superb individual performance, while Samantha Heron (four) took her season tally to 47.

Olivia Marshall, Jessie Barassi (two goals) and Zoe Courtney rounded out the better players for the Bears in the 16.9 (105) to 0.0 (0) win.

For Benalla, Kylie Relf was the standout performer, while Cheree Tregoning, Phoebe Wilson and Brittany Button rounded out the Saints' best.

Shepparton can end Rumbalara's season in the last round.

"They (Rumbalara) will come out and give it everything they have got, which is a great tune-up for us on the eve of finals," Smith said.

"Win or lose we are still playing finals, so this weekend will be a good test and preparation for us.

"We're really looking forward to this weekend."

In other results, Mooroopna got the job done 11.13 (79) to 4.4 (28) against Kerang.

Rumbalara enters its final round off the back of a strong 11.11 (77) to 1.8 (14) win against Tatura.

Lastly, Echuca easily defeated Nathalia at Victoria Park, running out 10.18 (78) to 2.1 (13) winners.