DESPITE a week off in the Picola and District Netball League, Mathoura A grade couldn’t shake off its poor run at the weekend.
The Timbercutters went in as underdogs yet to win a game this season, while their opposition, Strathmerton Netball Club, was well in finals contention at fourth on the league ladder.
Strathmerton’s ninth win has well and truly ensured it a showing post-season as it’s now four games clear of sixth placed Berrigan with just three rounds remaining.
The Timbercutters went into the game undermanned with key defender Laura Hudson out this week.
It’s been telling of their season so far with injuries and unavailability making it difficult to find consistency in its A grade line-up.
Emily Crocker again starred in goals to record the bulk of their 20 goals with 15, while Gabby Murray created some handy turnovers from the defence end while the Bulldogs made the most of the home court to take a 69-20 victory.
The home side delivered an all-round polished performance, making Mathoura work for every pass in the 49-goal deficit.
The Bulldogs outmatched Mathoura in terms of height and skill with Amy Carter dominating in goal attack to give them plenty of options under the post.
Her accuracy ensured they capitalised on every turnover, which Strathmerton created plenty of in the first quarter to lead by 12 goals at the change of ends.
Jenna Smith and Rebecca McCluskey created plenty of defensive pressure in the ring, but Strathmerton had the depth in their attack end and steadiness under the post to work around their setup.
Caitlyn Price was moved into GK from GS giving Chelsea Caughey a turn in attack, which saw the home side double the margin by half-time to lead 35-11.
The Timbercutters made some changes at half time with Sophie Harding Davies coming on into GA and Murray was moved into GD.
A third-quarter slump in scoring had the Bulldogs record just 13 goals for the term.
Mathoura was limited to five goals to trail 16-48 at the final break.
A mammoth effort from Carter in the fourth of 21 goals saw the home side run away with the game as the depleted Timbercutters ran out of legs.
Mathoura’s attention has now turned to Berrigan, but its next best chance at a win would be round 17 when the Timbercutters take on Jerilderie away.
Jerilderie’s only win this season came in round eight over Mathoura who would be putting a lot of hope on the game as the closest team they’d matched up against this season.
They had been building earlier in the year as their combinations looked to settle and a win seemed not too far away, but their recent scorelines have told a different story as teams have continued to smash them. They would hope to have a few more back for the game against Berrigan at home this weekend.