Congupna coach Dwight Graham can see a bright future for The Road after they finished their season with a victory over Rumbalara.By Matthew Galea
Congupna’s Murray Netball League campaign ended on a high courtesy of a 12-goal win over Rumbalara on Saturday.
The Road coach Dwight Graham was delighted with his side’s performance, to round off what he believes has been a successful year for his team, despite not making finals.
‘‘I’m pleased with the progress shown through the season,’’ Graham said.
‘‘To have maintained a similar margin to last time we played Rumbalara, it shows our progress.
‘‘Rumbalara had improved a lot on the first game, that was a strong game from them and I’m sure they are disappointed they didn’t get the win.’’
A breakout second quarter was the difference between the sides on the day, with Graham responding to a tight first quarter with a tactical tweak that worked a treat.
‘‘I was a little concerned at the end of the first quarter, I felt the attacking end could do better,’’ Graham said.
‘‘I injected Izzy Gribben into wing attack and she was outstanding.
‘‘We won that quarter by six and that was the difference really, the game evened up after that, but we were still able to build on the lead by a couple of goals.’’
Simone Bruton was particularly impressive in goals, while at the other end Leonie Pomeroy capped a remarkably consistent season with another good performance.
‘‘It could have been every second game I gave her player of the day,’’ Graham said.
‘‘Just in general, I think we’ve needed the experience of the old hens at times over the season.’’
Graham said it had been pleasing to be able to blood so many of the club’s leading lights during the course of the season and the future was looking bright for The Road.
‘‘Kate Jeffery and Sarah Firebrace have been real positives,’’ Graham said.
‘‘Sarah actually played on Saturday and had a good game, she’s another real star of the future.
‘‘It’s those stories that make this season a successful one for me.’’
Graham said he was unsure as to whether or not he would coach The Road’s A-grade side next season.
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