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Mathoura netballers finally cut their losses

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April 24, 2018

IT HAS been one year, eight months, and 17 days since Mathoura’s netballers have had reason to sing the club song.

But the long awaited day has finally come. Mathoura beat Berrigan 56-49 on Saturday in front of their home fans.

The side went all of last season without a win, and all the way back to the end of the 2016 season where the team defeated Yarroweyah by a narrow four goals on August 6.

Mathoura head coach Kat Wippel said her side could not have been more happy at the final siren.

‘‘It was A grade’s first win in two years for the club. We drew one game last year but before that we haven’t won in two years.

‘‘The girls just loved it — they were up and about after it, that’s for sure,’’ she said.

Wippel said her side deserved to win the match after getting off to a flying start and leaving their opponents in the dust.

‘‘We kind of just got off to a good start and managed to hold the lead for the rest of the match.

‘‘We didn’t really make any changes from last week, we knew that the talent was there last week, but we needed to gel to make it all come together, and this week they gelled on court well,’’ she said.

The head coach credited players all over the court for the win, and picked three in particular for their tireless efforts on the day.

‘‘Casey Parfitt in centre never gave up, while Shanaye Hales and Rach Kelly, who played as goal-keep on the day just worked tirelessly.

‘‘Our shooters worked well too, Em and Shan. They were pretty accurate all day yesterday (Saturday),’’ she said.

Next up for Mathoura, and the club’s first chance in a long time to record back to back victories, sees the side take on Blighty away from home.

Blighty has won both of its matches so far, and will present Mathoura with a huge challenge to go back to back.

‘‘Blighty are probably the top team from what I’ve seen of them this year, it’s certainly a good challenge in front of us here.

‘‘Luckily for us we have no injuries, so we’ll be ready for them when we go there. But if we can fix one thing in training this week it’ll be sorting our one on ones.

‘‘I think if they get that right we’ll have a shot at beating them,’’ Wippel said.

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