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Blues stay in finals race, as the going gets tough

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May 29, 2018

PICOLA United had to win against Rennie if it was to be in with a shot of Picola and District netball finals this season.

PICOLA United had to win against Rennie if it was to be in with a shot of Picola and District netball finals this season.

The Blues did just that and now sit seventh on the ladder after the 19-goal victory against the Hoppers away from home on Saturday.

It is all United coach Leesa Hoopell could have asked from her side.

The only problem now is beating the sides above them on the ladder. And that starts this weekend against Waaia.

The third-placed side has lost one game this campaign, but that isn’t deterring Hoopell.

‘‘They (Waaia) will be very hard, and we’re without our normal shooters — but there’s no reason we can’t beat Waaia,’’ Hoopell said.

‘‘We just needed that spark to get us going and once we got ahead in the game we didn’t stop.’’

It was a case of ‘‘finally’’ for United who has come so close to winning for the last three weeks.

‘‘We were rapt, well, more relieved than anything,’’ Hoopell said.

‘‘If we wanted to be a finals team we had to win that game.

‘‘We dropped games that we probably shouldn’t have lost in the last two weeks and it might come back to bite us later in the season.’’

Hoopell credited Rennie when it was due, saying the side played with three under 17 players who pushed United right until the final whistle.

‘‘I made a few changes in the last quarter but our goaling-combination stayed the same throughout, and the girls just worked really hard to turn it around and when they got going they really did,’’ she said.

‘‘Ideally it’d be nice if we could take fifth or sixth for finals, and there’s no reason we can’t, but we will certainly have to work really hard to beat those teams higher than us.

‘‘When we’re full strength we gave Blighty a run for their money and they’re top of the ladder.’’

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