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Blues are finding their finals’ rhythm

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August 28, 2017

TONGALA Netball Club A grade scored the most goals of any team this season in its 76-goal massacre over Rumbalara at Mercury Sports Complex on Saturday.

The Blues went into the final home and away round of the Murray Netball League with second place on the ladder in their sights.

The main objective was to get as much percentage from the game as possible to surpass Numurkah and finish in the top two according to coach Alicia White.

In what can only be described as a fantastic effort the Blues put 93 goals on the board to record the highest score by any team in 2017.

It’s also afforded them a double chance and a ticket straight into the grand final should they win against top of the table Moama in two weeks.

‘‘We had a goal going into the game for a big percentage booster,’’ White said.

‘‘At the start of the season we would’ve been happy just to finish in the finals, but to be second is really good.

‘‘It was an incredible effort from everyone.

‘‘We kept the pressure up the whole time and the last quarter was actually our best scoring.’’

Tongala jumped out of the blocks to score 21-3 in the first 15 minutes.

The attack end was formidable in its ball movement, letting it go as soon as a pass presented itself.

Sara Pettifer in wing attack and Phillipa Inglis in centre were vital links in the fast paced transition from defence to attack.

Abby Pettifer again started the game in goal shooter with Tracey Hughes in goal attack and both goaled with exceptional accuracy to capitalise on every turnover.

By half-time the home side had only scored four goals to Tongala’s 44.

‘‘We kept pushing each quarter,’’ White said.

‘‘We were doing all the little things right; looking down the court not sideways and making sure we were in front of our players the entire time.

‘‘We made some changes at half-time, but no matter what combination we had on the court it worked.’’

B grade’s Stacey McGill was brought on as wing attack and Abby was rested for the second-half.

It freed up Sara to move into goals with Hughes.

The went into the fourth quarter leading 65-12 after mistakes by Tongala in the third gave Rumbalara some easy turnovers.

The Blues scored 28 goals in the last and gave little chances away to keep the opposition to four.

Slight changes were made during the quarter as White called time and came off, moving Inglis into defence and Sara into centre to finish off the game, 93-17.

White said A and B grade will continue to prepare together ahead of finals with both finishing in the top two.

‘‘We’re all pretty excited to have done as well as we have this season and finish where we did,’’ White said.

‘‘Every player is a real club person and it’s nice to share it with each other.

‘‘We all support one another in every team and that’s a great thing about the club.’’

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