Underdog with a serious bite

May 29, 2018

Fallon Lieschke of Echuca United during the MFNL A grade netball match between Echuca United and Tongala. Photo by Luke Hemer.

EVERYBODY loves an underdog.

And although it’s an unrealistic and fanciful idea, that didn’t stop Echuca United from pulling off a major coup when they beat Tongala by three goals.

In the shock of the round, United invited the previously third-placed Blues to Echuca South and duly dispatched them in front of the home town faithful.

Tongala was only defeated by Deniliquin before Saturday’s match — now Rohan Starkey’s side is in the stratosphere, high off a huge confidence boost.

‘‘Scores were level for most of the second half but we were able to stay composed and hold them off in an intense final quarter.

‘‘It was a great team effort from all 10 players who took the court . . . especially our young guns Jess Davidson and Tanner Edwards who both stood up in goals in such a physical match,’’ Starkey said.

He said the match started at a ‘‘frantic’’ pace with both sides taking and losing the lead in the course of proceedings.

‘‘Going into the match we were clear underdogs and had nothing to lose so it’s great to get the win,’’ he said.

Coming up for United is Shepparton East, 10th on the Murray Netball League ladder with two wins from seven.

But the Eagles will be without starring wing attack Fallon Lieschke, who is out of the country for the next four weeks.

‘‘Next week’s opponents are Shepp East and we will be looking to continue our good form. We will be without Fallon for the next month however we have some B grade girls stepping up in her place.

‘‘We actually played a practice match against Shepp East in the pre season and I expect them to definitely be quite While it was a stunning win for United, Tongala were less happy with the result.

“It’s very disappointing,” coach Dylan Nexhip said.

“It was a very different style of netball to what we do. They’re a lot tougher and scratchier than what we play, and they were able to set the tone for the match very early.

“We gave it our best to get the game on our terms, but we were unable to get there. It’s something we will need to make sure when we come back and play against Moama that we can set the game on our terms.”

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