Riding the high all the way to the top

By Andrew Johnston

IT’S ALL but done now.

The Echuca Murray Bombers A grade netball side are not only going to complete their goal of finishing in the Goulburn Valley League top three, but they are likely to finish in second place.

After a dominant season, the Bombers sit ahead of their final premiership season opponent, Mooroopna, who would need a massive win to even get close to the Bombers percentage.

Echuca are riding high after a 46-goal thrashing of Benalla.

And coach Gina Pearson says it was one of her girls’ best wins of the season for a number of reasons.

‘‘It was one of those games that is a should win,’’ she said.

‘‘But we talked before the match about how our spot in the top two of the league could be sewn up if we were able to get the win in this game.

‘‘We did what we always do when we go into games like this we set ourselves a series of goals for the match that we wanted to achieve, and we were able to get most of them done.

‘‘But in the end the main goal for the day was to make sure we could put away another side that we had to beat for our season, and we were able to do that which is what I am most happy about as a coach.’’

The club continued to mix up the team on game day, trying new options that could be used for finals.

‘‘Bridget Byrne, our young defender missed a few games in the middle of the season, so she’s been down on confidence as a result of just not having the court time.

‘‘We played her in goal keeper for the whole game and she had 12 intercepts, which is not only great for her confidence and how she will go about the remainder of the season, but also adds another dimension to our team for the remainder of the season and for finals knowing that she can play that role as well as she can.’’

There were also changes made through the centre of the court.

‘‘We are still playing with what our best line-up is going to be, there are a number of girls who can play a number of roles for our team, and we want to be able to get the best out of them all season.’’

It’s a handy asset for the club to have as they approach a finals series where they are viewed as one of the genuine premiership threats.