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Picola is proving its potential

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

PICOLA UNITED is on track to record a top five spot in the Picola and District Netball League.

The side bagged back to back victories when it emphatically defeated lowly Berrigan by 10 goals on Saturday.

Even more impressive when you consider it has now won as many as it has lost — a 7-7 record after being 3-5 not too long ago.

Unfortunately for the Blues, with that victory comes good and bad news.

The good is that Picola has consolidated seventh place with the win, and is 12 points clear of dropping out of finals contention.

But on the other hand, key defender Kim McPherson suffered an ankle injury which could spell the end of her 2018 HDNL season.

And timing couldn’t be much worse, as United head away to fellow finals contender Strathmerton on the weekend.

The Bulldogs sit one win clear of the Blues in fifth place, and with a better points percentage.

If Leesa Hooppell’s girls can get the job done away from home on a side two positions higher on the ladder, anything is possible, she said.

‘‘It was really pleasing, a relief, to get that win. Our focus now is on consolidating our position, and there’s nothing more important right now than the Strathy game on Saturday,’’ she said.

‘‘With Kim (McPherson) hurting her ankle we’ll have to make a few changes to cover her. My key goaler is not well and she only played half a game as well, so we were down a bit yesterday (Saturday).

‘‘Hopefully we can get a win over there, Strathy seem to have it over us recently. We really want fifth spot though.’’

Last time the sides met was in round three on Picola’s courts, where Strathy belted the home side by 23 goals.

‘‘It was a bit of a touch up from memory ... but if we can prove to ourselves and to them that we can do it, then we can say we’re serious about finals,’’ she said.

‘‘After Saturday we’ll know where we are in terms of the league. After the Strathy game we have the bye, then (top of the ladder) Blighty, so that’s two games we won’t be tipped to win I believe.’’