Strathmerton players feature in top quality interleague netball at Tocumwal on Saturday.ROB HENSON May 28, 2014 3:12am
Picola and District Football Netball League has taken out the North East Interleague Senior Netball Challenge in convincing fashion.
As part of AFL Victoria’s Country Championships, PDFNL’s top senior netballers headed to Tocumwal on Saturday and faced off against the Hume and Riverina leagues.
Hume posted a challenge but was no match for the home side, winning 42-26.
Later the side took on the Riverina league’s best, going up 20 goals at half-time and cruising to a 31-point victory (42-11).
Georgie Bruce said in her first year as coach the team responded well to more training sessions leading up to the competition.
‘‘I’ve been involved (in the interleague squad) for a few years, this was the first time coaching, so there were some things we wanted to do: make sure we had more training sessions, and more people turning up to trials, and that’s what’s happened,’’ Bruce said.
‘‘We’ve been very lucky we’ve had the best of the league’s players to choose from.’’
Among them was Strathmerton’s Jacq-lyn McCormack and Carri Carter, both exerting their skills as impact players in the mid-court.
Bruce said her squad had experience over their rivals in both games.
‘‘To Riverina’s credit, they were a beautiful young side, they just lacked a bit of experience, which our side has.
‘‘(Hume) were a team a little more suited to our game so it was a bit of a tougher tussle. They had more mature players, so there was some smart play happening.’’
Bruce said her team’s strategy going into the matches was ‘‘play our game, keep it simple’’.
‘‘We were bringing new girls into the team this year so there was no need for fancy stuff.
‘‘We stuck to our game plan, we were very strong in some sections. We’ve got a lot of versatility in the team, we can swap people from one side of the court to the other.
‘‘The only time the team wins is when everyone does their job, and everybody did their job.’’
Picola (97 per cent) was pipped by Hume (115 per cent).
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Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
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A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
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Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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