ECHUCA Netball Club A grade’s resilience will be tested this weekend against Shepparton Swans in the Goulburn Valley League.
After facing a loss to Mooroopna at the weekend, the Murray Bombers are determined to work even harder to get their season back on track.
And despite missing mid-courter Erin Hill this weekend, the club is confident it can fill the position with the depth and youth at the club.
Coach Casey Frame said while the team couldn’t replace the experience Hill brought to the side, there were some young players she was looking to give a run in A grade.
‘‘Meg Rohde played well coming on in the fourth quarter last week and she could be in our starting seven this week,’’ Frame said.
‘‘We know the Swans are a quick team and are incredibly proactive in their response to the ball.
‘‘It’s going to be a really good match-up and will come down to the wire.’’
Minor mistakes and turnovers hurt the Murray Bombers in the second-half against the Cats, having been level at half-time, but they were able to rectify the previous week’s lack of control.
‘‘The Cats and Swans are two very different teams in the way they play,’’ Frame said.
‘‘Mooroopna are very smart and controlled in their use of the ball where the Swans play a much faster style of game.
‘‘The last two weeks have been very physical games, but I think we match up better against the Swans.’’
Frame was expecting another strong hit-out and was determined to give them a harder contest after being thrashed by the Shepparton side in the pre-season.
‘‘I’m expecting another big challenge (tomorrow) and hopefully we can get the win; the girls definitely deserve it,’’ she said.
‘‘Fitness should be a strength of ours, but you can’t underestimate any of the Shepparton sides.’’
The Swans have had losses to Kyabram and Euroa and drew against Benalla.