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Picola United’s solid day at the office

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May 01, 2018

PICOLA’S netballers got the job done against Berrigan on Saturday — recording a 14-goal win.

PICOLA’S netballers got the job done against Berrigan on Saturday — recording a 14-goal win.

The side bounced back well after last week’s 23-goal loss at the hands of Stathmerton to get all four league points away from home against the Saints.

United coach Leesa Hoopell said her side was relieved to come away with the win, in a game that could have gone either way.

‘‘Berrigan are towards the bottom of ladder but they really are a very good side. It probably wasn’t until halfway through the last the quarter that I actually thought we’d wrapped it up,’’ she said.

Hoopell said the score line did not show how much effort both sides put into the contest.

‘‘It really didn’t reflect what the game was like and how open it was. It was a good game to watch, it was quite open and with not many turnovers,’’ she said.

After a bout of gastro last week that meant Hoopell had to make two emergency changes to the line-up on game day, she said she was relieved this game went much smoother.

‘‘It was a free game that flowed for both sides which made for good watching. We were quite relieved actually to come away with the win. Especially after we had such a bad game against Strathy last week,’’ she said.

Unfortunately for Picola, the side must now face up against top of the ladder Blighty — the side that has begun this season with four wins and no losses.

‘‘It was good to get another win on the board but we’ve got to look ahead to Blighty now.

‘‘We’re just going to go through some set plays at training and we’ll be sticking to our game plan, but it is definitely going to be tough,’’ Hoopell said.

That match will be held at home in Picola, and will start at 2pm on Saturday.

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