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United rules in tight clash

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April 24, 2017

Piucola United’s A grade netball side survived a tight clash with Berrigan on Saturday.

PICOLA United’s A grade netball side survived a tight clash with Berrigan on Saturday to take a 38-34 win.

The match was close all game long, but the class of Picola shone through in the final quarter as it was able to pull away for a four-goal win.

Coach Leesa Hoopell said she her side was never afforded much breathing space by a competitive Berrigan outfit.

‘‘It was a close win, there were only a couple of goals in it the whole game,’’ she said.

‘‘We were always in front but they got even a few times.

‘‘They had all the momentum at the start of the last quarter, but we were able to get that momentum back and win the game.’’

Hoopell said her side’s ability to keep playing their game when challenged in the last quarter had won the day.

‘‘Berrigan made a couple of mistakes, but our girls held their heads up and kept fighting,’’ she said.

The coach said it had taken some strong contributions right across the court to beat Berrigan.

‘‘Overall it was a great game to watch, but it really was a hard slog,’’ Hoopell said.

‘‘Our mid-court was probably the standout. Our goalers went up against a very strong Berrigan defence and they struggled a bit.

‘‘Jacinda Barnes and Taylah Lee is only a new combination, and they’re still trying to find their rhythm together.’’

She was full of compliments for the Berrigan goalers, who had made life difficult for the United defenders right throughout the game.

‘‘Berrigan was very fast and clean, their goalers played beautifully and worked really well together,’’ Hoopell said.

‘‘They were probably the best goalers I’ve seen so far this season.’’

Sitting with two wins and one loss after three rounds, Hoopell said her side was well poised to improve in the back half of the season.

‘‘We’re playing better than last season, but we’re a very new side still trying to find our feet,’’ she said.

‘‘The new players have really stepped up, they’re settling in well and have been fantastic pick ups.’’

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