Strong defence ends in wipeout

August 01, 2017

Georgia Groves. Source: Yarrawonga Chronicle

Emily Taverna. Source: Yarrawonga Chronicle

AN INCREDIBLE defensive display has seen Moama A grade annihilate Mulwala by 49 goals in the Murray Netball League.

The Lions were left stunned by the Mowers who showed no signs of the previous week’s shock loss to Tongala to lead 17-1 at the first break.

Angela Slattery was at her brilliant best in goal keeper as she repelled almost every ball which came her way.

Even a change up to Mulwala’s attack in the second quarter couldn’t penetrate the rock-solid defence of Slattery and Georgina Crowe and the whole team continued to pick off intercepts down the court.

Coach Charlotte Long said the defensive pressure was strong the entire way down the court.

‘‘Our shooters did a great job defending and that followed through all the way down the court,’’ she said.

‘‘We weren’t too concerned with our own goals this week, it was more about stopping the opposition from scoring.

‘‘We had looked at our for and against on the ladder heading into the game and decided to make that our aim.’’

By half-time, Moama had let just two goals through.

Captain Alex Daly was out this week which meant Emily Taverna was moved into WD.

She combined with the defence end in stopping Mulwala’s drive forward and by three quarter time the scoreline was blown out to 43-4.

Long said you could hardly notice the change on the court as Taverna stepped up to the role and it allowed them to try one of their shooters in wing attack.

Cindy Kusli started in the mid-court with Georgia Groves (GA) and Steph Watson (GS) working under the post.

‘‘It’s good when you have three shooters to be able to make that change,’’ Long said.

‘‘Even mixing it up the team still worked well together.

‘‘We’ll be missing Steph Watson this weekend against Deniliquin which will make it more of a challenge but it’s one we’re looking forward to.’’

Kusli swapped with Watson in the second half before Taverna was back in her comfort zone in WA in the last.

Kyra Naismith took the court for the final quarter in WD as Groves took to the bench, while Mulwala also brought on a new player into centre in the last in Amy Nunn.

It did little to impact the game though as Moama outscored Mulwala 13 goals to three, eventually winning 56-7.

‘‘We were looking forward to redeeming ourselves yesterday,’’ Long said.

‘‘We didn’t show all our cards against Tongala and we know we can definitely take our game a few steps further.

‘‘It was our fault we lost.

‘‘Our attitude let us down, we just didn’t have the right mindset in fighting back in such a close game.

‘‘We’re not down about the loss and we’ll take it as a blessing in making us want to win even more.’’

The Mowers would take their fresh fighting attitude into another big game against Deniliquin this week before a bye.

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