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.
Numurkah District Health Service chief executive Jacqueline Phillips is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to community health.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
When the wall is in sight, swimmer Nash Ramage finds that little bit extra.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Cobram bowler Chris Taylor has been bowling all along Australia’s east coast, and all for a good cause.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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