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).
Dookie’s Sophie Harmer and Jerilderie’s Zoe Stephens were chosen as the North East and North West divisions’ best respectively.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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