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Unbeaten Bombers maul Lions

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May 09, 2016

ECHUCA netball coach Gina Pearson was happy with her team’s win against last year’s champions Seymour on Saturday that continued the Murray Bombers’ unbeaten start to the season.

Though the Lions were only at half strength Pearson was particularly pleased with Echuca’s 20-goal final quarter.

‘‘They had four players out on Victorian Netball League duties and overall we probably don’t have the range of players that they do but to finish so strongly was very good,’’ she said.

Goal keeper Eve Gregor was the best player on court for the winners, with eight intercepts.

‘‘Eve played a really good game,’’ said Pearson who also singled out goal attack Casey Frame for praise.

‘‘Casey scored 38 out of our team’s 57 goals so that was a very good performance from her,’’ she said.

‘‘Leah Thompson and Maddie Wines picked off a lot of passes and played really well also,’’ said Pearson who was pleased with her side’s capacity to keep winning despite significant changes over summer.

A strong focus on internal expectations has been the Murray Bombers approach to the season so far.

‘‘We don’t focus as much on our opposition as we do own our own performance and there are things we’re doing well at the moment but also things we can do better,’’ said the coach.

In particular Pearson wants her side to continue to improve its short work around the court having scored many goals from long balls throughout the season.

‘‘We can improve our work around the goal circle and some of our delivery,’’ said Pearson who acknowledged Echuca’s upcoming opponent Shepparton United has some strengths despite being winless after six rounds.

‘‘They’re really strong in their defensive end and they’ve had some close losses so they present a bit of an unknown quantity this week.’’

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