Undergunned Mathoura the hot shots

May 08, 2018

AN understrength Mathoura team still came away with the goods against Jerilderie on Saturday.

Completing a strong outing for the club as the footy side also beat Jerilderie, the Timbercutters took the match by five goals, even without two of three first choice attacking options.

The side now has a well earned week’s rest with the bye, before taking on Rennie on May 19.

Em Crocker and Maddy McKellar were both sidelined with leg injuries, leaving coach Kat Wippel with changes to make to her starting seven.

In their absence, Wippel called upon under-17 and B grade attackers to step into their shoes.

‘‘We started off slowly as we had to make adjustments for the two new girls stepping up to the side.

‘‘They weren’t originally part of the game plan of course so we made sure everyone was comfortable with the new plan,’’ she said.

And the plan worked a trick, as the new attacking combination did enough to keep Jerilderie at bay.

‘‘Our defence worked tirelessly. I was very happy, more so with the defensive end than our attackers actually. They were fantastic,’’ Wippel said.

Also standing out for Mathoura was mid-courter Liv Brownfield, who had a ‘‘stellar’’ game, ensuring Jerilderie’s centre had no breathing space.

Jerilderie kept pace for the majority of the match before the Timbercutters got away in the final term.

‘‘To play as we did with the injuries we had before the game yesterday (Saturday), I was very pleased.

‘‘They kept pace with us, as the score line showed it was really close,’’ Wippel said.

With the bye looming now for Mathoura, the side has snuck into the top eight, four points clear of ninth-placed Rennie.

Wippel hopes the two key injured players will be back to full fitness following the bye, as the side continues preparations for the May 19 match against Rennie.

‘‘We’ll still be training, definitely. Nothing changes because we have the week off and we’re not playing on Saturday.

‘‘We’ll work on those small things that let us down on the weekend and be ready for Rennie,’’ she said.

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