Echuca United has defeated Moama on the netball court, winning the A grade Murray Netball League clash.LUKE MCMANUS July 21, 2014 3:01am
The gap between Murray Netball League rivals Echuca United and Moama widened on Saturday following the Eagles’ six-goal A grade win at Moama Recreation Reserve.
Echuca United consolidated sixth spot on the league ladder, moving two games clear of the seventh-placed Magpies, thanks to the hard-fought 42-36 win.
The victory marked Echuca United’s second win (and bragging rights) against Moama in 2014, a reversal of the results witnessed on the neighbouring football field this season, while ending the Pies’ finals aspirations.
Moama coach Emma Greaves said despite the disappointment, she ‘‘couldn’t be more happier with the improvement’’ shown by the playing group since Moama suffered a 23-goal loss to the Eagles in round two.
‘‘It would have been nice to come away with the win, but I’m still happy with how the girls played,’’ Greaves said.
‘‘It was a much better performance and a massive improvement from earlier in the season.
‘‘We fell down in a lot of areas last time, but on Saturday we turned it around.’’
Greaves said a crucial period at the start of the final quarter proved costly with the Eagles snaring two or three crucial turnovers, which created match-winning breathing space.
‘‘They scored from those opportunities and we just couldn’t get that back in the end,’’ the coach said.
‘‘It was very physical game and the weather was nice and warm, we haven’t had that for a while.
‘‘I expected the goalers to tire towards the end of the game, which didn’t help with the accuracy and shots fell short.
‘‘Their defenders were a bit taller and we were able to rebound.’’
Tina Rankins and Elle Florance were the defenders in question who made life tough for Maddie Couroupis and Shantelle Worsnop towards the game’s latter stages.
At the other end, it was Moama defenders Georgina and Bridie Crowe who shone above Eagles goalers Renee Campbell and former Moama young gun Bridgette Furphy.
‘‘They were on fire,’’ Greaves said.
Moama’s finals hopes all but vanished on Saturday which leaves Greaves focusing on taking a scalp between now and the end of the season in five weeks time.
Greaves will be demanding wins or at least improved performances against earlier losses as Moama’s A graders build towards 2015.
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