IT wasn’t their best.
In fact, it was far from it.
But that might be the most important thing about Echuca’s win over the Shepparton Swans in Goulburn Valley League A grade netball on Saturday.
This Murray Bombers side knows how to get the job done.
Games will not always be on your terms as a team.
But you still have to win.
And that’s exactly what Echuca did.
A seven-goal win was the final margin.
The game started off exactly how we have become used to this season.
The Murray Bombers came out of the blocks firing, scoring 18-goals in the opening quarter.
A quarter time lead of nine is never easy to come back from.
But this wasn’t a pushover opposition that Echuca was coming up against them.
‘‘They’re a really strong side,’’ Echuca coach Gina Pearson said.
‘‘Coming into this game they were in sixth spot, so while they appeared to be a bit behind us on the ladder, they’d only lost the two games for the season.
‘‘We always believed at quarter time that they were going to challenge us, which they did. They made a few changes on the court in the way that they played and got better.’’
The Swans either equalled or outscored the Murray Bombers in the remaining quarters of the game, with Echuca finding themselves having to hold off a comeback.
‘‘It was tough for our girls,’’ Pearson said.
‘‘We worked hard for the remainder of the game, and we got ourselves into a position to win. It’s important for us if we are going to remain at the top end of the ladder that we can win games even when things don’t go our way.’’
And they need to be able to win games not on their terms.
Because this week — the opponent is Shepparton.
The Bears are the competition benchmark this season, currently sitting on top of the GVL netball standings without dropping a game.
It will be the Murray Bombers biggest test of the season.
“These are the games that really excite you during your season,” Pearson said.
“They’re the toughest side in the competition to come up against, so it will be a huge day for our club across every level to get the results we want.