Katamatite has proven it can take it up to the best with a strong performance to knock over Shepparton East in Picola District Netball League on Saturday.OLIVER CAFFREY July 7, 2014 3:15am
Katamatite is sitting sixth on the ladder, but it continues to prove itself a Picola District Netball League south-east contender.
The Tigers were 11-goal winners over in-form Shepparton East on Saturday to keep in touch with the crowded finals race.
With the scores all-square at 22 going into the third term at Central Park, the Tigers opened up a seven-goal buffer heading into three-quarter time before playing out the game well.
Katamatite playing coach Cassia Colbeck said a tough defeat to Tungamah the previous week steeled the Tigers for battle.
‘‘We knew it was going to be tough and a huge challenge, but we only just lost to them last time, so we knew we had it in us,’’ Colbeck said.
‘‘The loss to Tungamah showed we aren’t too far off the top sides, but we just had to improve a few things against Shepp East and I think we did that well.’’
Goal keeper Breanna Olsson was outstanding for the Tigers alongside fellow defender Carina Tenace, while Emma Skehan played a huge role in the impressive second half performance.
Olsson was able to limit Shepparton East’s Jenni McCluskey’s influence on the contest.
Ria Hodge and Colbeck were on fire around goals.
Apart from runaway leader Dookie United on top of the ladder and bottom sides Katunga and Waaia, the ladder is incredibly close.
Just six points separate second-placed Katandra and the Tigers.
With only five home-and-away rounds left, there is going to be one desperately unlucky team that misses out on playing finals this season.
In other games, Katandra edged past Rennie 43-39, Dookie continued its winning run by downing Tungamah 44-35 and Katunga won its second game of the season, defeating winless rival Waaia 59-40.
Thousands of people attended the Shepparton dawn service on Anzac Day, with the RSL tipping it could be the biggest ever.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
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Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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