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Echuca on top of ladder

Echuca's A grade netball side sits atop the Goulburn Valley Netball League A grade ladder after defeating Kyabram on Friday.

GEORDIE COWAN April 28, 2014 3:48am

Ebony Butler.


Echuca moved into top spot on the Goulburn Valley Netball League ladder after a solid 58-37 win against Kyabram on Friday night.

On top for much of the match, Murray Bombers A grade coach Gina Pearson thought her team benefited from being a bit fitter, running all the way through and not making as many errors as the week before.

Emilly Atkinson played a stellar game at goal shooter, sinking 46 goals for the night.

‘‘It is a pretty good effort for a young girl,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘I thought she was one of our best, but we had multiple good players.

‘‘We probably didn’t have anybody who didn’t play well.’’

The coach also praised the team’s defenders, who kept ‘‘two of the strongest shooters in the league’’ under wraps for much of the night.

‘‘Elle Groves still shot accurately but from a long way out, but we really put pressure on their goalers and probably caused some turnovers,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘They were forced to take Kathryn Hard off in the last quarter, which is a really good thing for Ange Slattery.

‘‘For her to play against probably one of the best goalers in the league and then to be taken off.’’

The coach also praised the efforts of Sheridan Townrow, who spent all four quarters in goal attack.

Pearson said while they still turned the ball over more than she wanted it to, it was still early in the season and she did not want the team to be at its best yet.

‘‘I’m very happy with all our players,’’she said.

‘‘Our defensive play all over the court was really strong.

‘‘Ebony Butler had nine intercepts, so that was really good.

‘‘We’ve been working really hard in our attacking end and I think that is starting to pay off.’’

The A grade win capped off a good night for the Murray Bombers, with three wins out of four, Pearson said.

‘‘The under 17s started off really well and our Baby Bombers played against Ky as well and had a good win,’’ she said.

‘‘There are lots of good things happening around the club.

‘‘There is a positive vibe.’’

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