Battered Mathoura battles on

June 13, 2017

MATHOURA A grade is still searching for its second win in the Picola and District Netball League after a hiding at the hands of Tocumwal on Saturday.

The Timbercutters have struggled to find a middle ground this season; a revolving door of players through injuries making it difficult to find any consistency in their game.

And despite picking up some handy recruits they couldn’t seem to settle into their combinations, going down by 50 goals at Tocumwal.

Laura Hudson has brought plenty of versatility and experience to the A grade side in recent weeks having been picked up from Rumbalara Football Netball Club.

She started the game in defence before moving into WA in the second and third quarter.

But it was always going to be a difficult task taking on an undefeated Tocumwal and coach Katrina Wippel said it was the game they were expecting.

‘‘We were expecting a tough game after they beat Deniliquin Rovers last week,’’ Wippel said.

‘‘Most of Tocumwal’s side has played together for years and it showed in how strong they were (on Saturday).

‘‘That’s probably where we’re lacking as many of our girls haven’t had the chance to play together at all until this season.’’

The Bloods were dominant in every area of the court, restricting the Timbercutters to one goal in the first quarter to lead at the break 14-1.

Accurate goaling from Katrina Chellen and Jacq-lyn Davis saw them capitalise on every turnover and by half-time the margin had blown out to 26 goals.

Mathoura’s defence end worked tirelessly to put hands over every ball, but they couldn’t penetrate the opposition’s tight structures at either end.

They scored three goals in the third term and another five in the last to equal the Bloods score from the first quarter of 14.

The Bloods attack end was equally as strong to continually put scores on the board and run out the game 64-14.

‘‘It’s important that we had that pressure in defence, but they just beat us in every aspect of the game,’’ Wippel said.

‘‘We had a couple of players out with injury which made it hard.

‘‘We’re hoping to have Gabby Murray come into the side next week who will add a lot to our defensive game.

‘‘Three of our players are still in under 17s and are just lacking that experience.’’

Wippel said the talent was there to produce a strong side, but a lot of work was still needed in getting each section of the court working together.

‘‘We’re a young side and it’s still a matter of gelling as a team,’’ Wippel said.

‘‘The rest of the season will be about working with each other and learning how one another plays.

‘‘Once we get that sorted I have no doubt we will be a great team.’’

Mathoura play Picola United this weekend, having lost by 25 goals in the teams’ first encounter at the start of the year.

Both sides have struggled to find consistency this season and will be looking to gain some confidence by putting another win on the board.

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