Echuca's A grade netballers are confident going into tomorrow's semi-final against Shepparton Swans.ERIN LYONS September 5, 2014 3:05am
Somewhere amid the scores of eager football fans, men in petite shorts, nonsense jargon, over-enthusiastic parents and meat pies, some exciting stuff will be transpiring on Moon Oval’s adjacent netball courts tomorrow.
With six wins on the trot, Echuca’s A grade netball side is looking well-conditioned ahead of tomorrow’s Goulburn Valley Netball League semi-final against Shepparton Swans.
Who knew the road to success would be nominating your key defender and goaler to trade positions half way through the season.
Yet, according to Echuca coach Gina Pearson, it has worked a treat for the Murray Bombers.
Echuca’s Ange Slattery moved into attack, while Emily Atkinson took the reins in defence in a comeback victory against the Shepparton Bears (round six) — and they have not looked back.
Pearson said the Murray Bombers lost most of their matches earlier in the year in the absence of key players, Ebony Butler and Charlotte Long.
While Echuca lost to the Swans (55-35) in round eight, in Pearson’s eyes ‘‘it was probably our worst game for the season’’.
Minor premier Echuca has booked itself a qualifying final date with Seymour, while Shepparton Bears should end Mansfield’s premiership fairy-tale and Shepparton United and Shepparton Swans will go head-to-head.
Shepparton Swans and Seymour will vie for a spot in the semi-finals, while Shepparton United and Kyabram will face-off in what should be a fevered contest.
Unfortunately the Murray Bombers have a task ahead of them if they are to defeat Shepparton Swans tomorrow.
In their last encounter, Echuca came off second best in a nail-biting one-goal loss.
Shepparton Bears will front Kyabram and Shepparton United will battle it out on Sunday against Benalla.
More than 90 cannabis plants have been sized from a sophisticated hydroponic set-up in a north Shepparton home this afternoon.
Local football talent Dan Howe played well in his first game for reigning AFL premiership club Hawthorn last Thursday night.
A mighty cheer may soon be heard down Merrigum way; the town has officially saved its post office.
An Ogilvie Ave home was extensively damaged after a deliberately-lit fire this afternoon.
After a stunning 2014, Rochester Secondary College has hit the ground running in 2015 with school captains Jess Dwyer and Josh Hamilton promising an action-packed year ahead.
Elusive small man re-signs with club
A Seymour group is calling for aphasia sufferers in the Goulburn Valley to join its choir.
The NSW Government has made a significant funding announcement to expand the health service in Tocumwal.
Heathcote RSL Sub-branch is proposing some changes and additions to the honour boards in the foyer of the RSL hall in Heathcote.
Start your engines — the annual Cobram Lawn Mower Races is back on this Sunday at Scott’s Reserve, with lots on offer to keep you busy during the long weekend.
With their match against Finley all but sewn up, the Deniliquin Rhinos will look to tighten up their batting game ahead of next week's semi-final.
Fruit Growers Victoria plans to give fruit growers in Victoria more on-farm support as a result of its organisational restructure.
This photograph of a young man in cade army uniform was taken by Benalla-based photographer John Howship. Does anyone know who it might be?
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