MATHOURA fell to a ‘‘well-drilled’’, fit and methodical Waaia Bombers on Saturday.
The Timbercutters hadn’t played the Bombers for a long time, but now realise why the opposition is so highly-ranked in others’ calculations for a premiership.
Before the amalgamation of the Picola and District Netball League this year, the two sides played in different competitions — Mathoura in the North West division, and Waaia in the South East.
But with the PDFNL choosing not to affiliate with AFL Victoria in 2018, the leagues were combined, and the Timbercutters once again thrust onto the same court as the high-flying Bombers.
Mathoura coach Kat Wippel said she had ‘‘no idea’’ what to expect when they turned up to play in Waaia.
‘‘We did all right I think, but Waaia is a very well drilled team. We haven’t played them before so we had no idea how they were going or how good they were going to be.
‘‘We went fine, we had one of our starters go off ill halfway through the game, and so I had to come on after playing a full game in B grade. We were also missing Codie Heyward as well,’’ she said.
Wippel gave credit to Waaia, in saying they were far fitter and didn’t tire at all.
‘‘We tried to play a fast game too and it just didn’t work in the end — there was a gap in the quality I think,’’ she said.
This week’s training will consist of fitness and passing drills in the lead up to a ‘‘winnable’’ match on their own turn against Yarroweyah.
‘‘I definitely feel like we have a good shot against them . . . it’s a home game, we’ve had a fair bit of travel to Rennie and Waaia in the last couple of weeks so a home game is welcome.
‘‘We’ll be working on a bit of fitness this week, and I think it was silly passes that let the score blow out. If we’d tried to play our own game, rather than theirs, we might have done better.
‘‘Everything else worked well on Saturday, the defence and shooters worked well, but I think we should see a Waaia and Blighty final this year,’’ she said.
That match against Yarroweyah will be played in Mathoura on Saturday. The game starts at 2pm.