A tough start

April 17, 2018

MATHOURA’S 51-36 loss to Strathmerton was the club’s second in as many games.

MATHOURA’S 51-36 loss to Strathmerton was the club’s second in as many games.

Mathoura sits second to bottom of the newly-combined Picola and District Netball League on zero points, with a points percentage of 61 after two games.

But the side is not in disarray just yet.

Mathoura head coach Kat Wippel said her side is a young one with a number of fresh faces, who are learning each other’s style of play.

‘‘I was very happy with the performance they put on out there. They are a new bunch of girls that are learning to work together with each other. Most definitely they have improved immensely from last week (against Picola United),’’ Wippel said.

In stark contrast to that round one game where temperatures soared to 30C, Saturday’s match had ‘‘sideways rain’’ in parts.

‘‘The last quarter they were out there was terrible, the rain was coming in sideways. We had a few players out there in round one, where they were playing in 27 to 30 degrees, and we ran out of legs. It didn’t happen this time,’’ she said.

The good news for Mathoura and its fans is that this Saturday brings Berrigan.

The Saints sit bottom of the ladder with no points and a points percentage of 28 after two rounds.

It will be a good chance for the side to record its maiden victory of the year and gain some much-needed form ahead of tougher matches in the year.

Wippel said the goal she has set for her side is to continue learning from each match, and the results will follow.

‘‘I’ve told them just to keep improving - they have to gel and learn how each other plays.

‘‘We’ve come up against two tough teams to start. They all had their moments in that match, but Rach Kelly played another great game, and Cody Heywood played really well in the defence. Liv Brownfield played well in centre all day,’’ she said.

That tough start to the season will continue in round four when Blighty host Mathoura. The fourth-placed side has won both of its matches so far against Katunga and Tocumwal.

This weekend’s match will be held at home for Mathoura, with a 2pm start.

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