Echuca won the Rochester pre-season invitational netball tournament on the weekend.LUKE MCMANUS AND ZACH HUBBER April 3, 2014 4:04am
Echuca kicked off its season in the best possible fashion when it won the Rochester pre-season invitational event at the weekend.
The Murray Bombers competed among 19 other open teams to claim the title, eventually defeating Goulburn Valley Netball League combatant Euroa in the final.
B grade co-coach Misty Howard, who took the reins in the absence of coach Gina Pearson, said she was rapt with her team’s efforts.
‘‘I really didn’t know what to expect, but now I know we’ve got a really committed group of girls this year because of what they showed on the court,’’ Howard said.
‘‘Our defensive pressure across the day was great. The girls were pretty much unstoppable all day.’’
Echuca was impressive, winning its seven preliminary matches before defeating Kangaroo Flat in the semi-final and then Euroa.
The nine matches consisted of two 10-minute halves, resulting in a lot of tired bodies by day’s end.
But the efforts were rewarded with a $500 prize.
Holly Butler dominated in wing attack in her first hitout after having a baby last year.
Young guns Angela Slattery and Emily Atkinson also had a day to remember.
Howard said the 10 players who contributed gained a lot from the tournament ahead of their round one clash against Rochester on April 12.
The Tigerettes finished the tournament in seventh spot with two wins.
Senior coach Rachel Whipp praised the tournament for providing the perfect tune-up ahead of the new season.
‘‘It’s such a great comp,’’ Whipp said.
‘‘The weekend gave us an opportunity to try different combinations and really cement our team.
‘‘We have some new girls in our side and having so many games gives us a chance to try different systems. We can then refine and take that into the next game.’’
Tournament director Jac Rasmussen said the competition featured some great netball.
‘‘It was fabulous day, the weather was quite warm and the netball was superb,’’ she said.
‘‘To see so many talented netballers from various leagues competing against each other was great.
‘‘Both teams showed plenty of skill and will most likely go on to have a great season.
‘‘Echuca especially, it was a good win by them, showed good consistency throughout the day and they’ll certainly push the top teams this season.’’
Rasmussen also applauded the crowd’s support throughout the day, with district businesses benefiting from the many visitors who attended the tournament.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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