After a slow start to the game Mulwala has put its foot down to finish the game off well and defeat a persistent Congupna in Murray Netball League.OLIVER CAFFREY July 21, 2014 3:20am
Reigning Murray Netball League premier Mulwala overcame a slow start and a persistent Congupna side to win its 11th game of the season.
The Road came out firing at Memorial Park, taking a two-goal lead into the quarter-time break.
However, a spray from playing coach Casey Hudgson lifted the second-placed Lions into action.
The Lions won the second quarter 16-6 to give the visitors all the momentum heading into half-time.
‘‘We didn’t have a great start, they were up at quarter-time, I gave them a bit of a rev-up and made a few changes,’’ Hudgson said.
‘‘The girls started to get into the flow of the game after that, which was pleasing, but we can’t be doing that every week.
‘‘We couldn’t train on Thursday because of the rain, so we just did some fitness stuff, so that might’ve impacted us slightly.’’
Midcourter Emma Cooper was outstanding for three quarters on return from a knee injury, while young players Lauren Miles and Morgan Fitches showed maturity beyond their years.
Goal keeper Maddie Hocking and goal shooter Emma-Jane Schifferle led the way from both ends of the court.
Congupna coach Dwight Graham said the final scoreline did not do justice to how well his team played.
‘‘I thought it was a fantastic start, we played good netball for 40 minutes, we just let ourselves down in two 10-minute spells,’’ Graham said.
‘‘Mulwala played fantastic and stepped it up at the start of the second quarter, and once they got that big break, it was really the end of the game, but we were competitive with them.
‘‘As a unit defensively we worked a lot better than we have in the past, and on the attack we were more patient.’’
A casual observer would not have known Leonie Pomeroy had missed nearly an entire year of netball, the goal keeper was tremendous in her first game since giving birth.
Kelly Connor was solid all day at goal defence.
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