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.
Milk processor Murray Goulburn has recorded a net profit after tax of $40 million for the last financial year.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THE Riverine Herald’s echucamoama magazine has been named Victorian Country Press Association open section magazine of the year.
THE best thing about memories is making them.
LEGACY Week starts next week across Australia and Kyabram Legatee volunteers will be out across the district selling merchandise to raise funds for the families of servicemen who have died.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
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The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
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