One-goal win for Tigers

By Lachlan Durling

Cobram’s A-grade netball side was able to turn its luck around in the final two minutes of the Murray Netball League match against Mulwala, sending the Lions packing in a 44-43 defeat.

The Tigers started strong, leading the first quarter, however things started going south by the final term as the Tigers trailed by four.

But in an outstanding display of netball the side was able to claw its way back to a one-goal defeat with coach Kate Bird praising the team across the court.

‘‘We started really well and both our defence and attack were playing a solid game,’’ she said.

‘‘(Toward the end of the game) we had a lot of opportunities to convert but we just couldn’t — until the last couple of minutes.

‘‘We knew this was the team we were fighting to get a final four position in the competition so coming off the court the girls were really positive.

‘‘We couldn’t make errors and last weekend the girls were able to prove to themselves that they can come up against some of the best sides in the competition.’’

Lilieth Ukich was a strong performer in goal shooter and was well supported by Georgia Kerr, who missed few opportunities.

Tessa Bruni was best on the court after moving from centre to wing attack in the past few weeks and was able to provide a bag of turnovers and drive the ball down the court.

The girls are holding their noses to the grindstone for the run home, with some tough opposition still to come.

‘‘We’ve got a good run home but there is still Deniliquin, Moama and Finley to come up against so they are going to be challenging,’’ Bird said.

‘‘We still need to decrease those decision-making errors in our feeds across the court. We’re taking the easier way rather than the high-risk ones.’’

In B-grade, the Tigers had an off week against the Lions with the result at the final whistle being 32-50 Mulwala’s way.

Player absences, including the experience Christine Magill, meant the girls were fighting an uphill battle — and while they fought valiantly it was to no avail.

‘‘The girls just weren’t able to play their best game, Mulwala is top of the ladder and so they showed us where we need to improve on,’’ Bird said.