ECHUCA United is holding its head high after a close loss to the highly-fancied Rumbalara on Saturday.
The Eagles lost 24-32 away from home in what United netball co-ordinator Tracey Pearson called a ‘‘physical’’ game.
‘‘It was physical, and I think the girls did really well. They handled themselves well,’’ Pearson said.
‘‘They are good and they don’t give in, they worked hard and they worked the ball around well to get into good areas.’’
The Eagles have seen success in one in four games at the start of the season — a statistic Pearson said the side is hoping to change this weekend.
‘‘It’s only round four and from what we can see they are just building on each game, they’re getting better as they go on.
‘‘The awards from the day’s play went to Liv Bish and Erin Delahunty. Liv played at both ends of the court, in goals and in defence and was extraordinary,’’ she said.
This Saturday’s match-up sees United hosting Congupna in Echuca, with their opponents yet to record a win this year.
‘‘We have one more game against Congupna and then the bye,’’ Pearson said.
‘‘Whether we will get a home ground advantage, you never know, but I hope so.
‘‘You’ve just got to look at the football this weekend, where St Kilda drew with Greater Western Sydney and the Crows beat Sydney in Sydney. You just don’t know.’’
The Eagles will most likely have to play that match without mid-courter Alana Nelson, who tore ankle ligaments in United’s match against Numurkah in round three and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
‘‘I spoke to Alana on Thursday and she was staying positive. She’s off the crutches now so we’ll just have to wait and see with how she goes,’’ Pearson said.
The match on Saturday will start at 1.30pm at Echuca South Recreational Reserve.
‘‘With sides like ours, we just have to be positive and keep going and the results will come with that. And I’m sure they will,’’ she said.