Let excitement keep building

April 21, 2017

After breaking a losing streak with their A-grade win against Mansfield last week, the Tatura team are hoping to recreate that winning feeling against Mooroopna tomorrow.

Tatura might have a spring in its step after its first win since 2015, but there is plenty of excitement at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve too.

The Bulldogs and the Cats play off against each other with the pair looking to go an unlikely two from two to begin the season.

Mooroopna pulled off a stirling round one victory against finals hopeful Benalla and coach Jenni McCluskey was overjoyed with the win in her first game in charge.

‘‘We were ecstatic, absolutely ecstatic,’’ she said.

‘‘It was fantastic, I stayed composed and everyone else stayed composed.’’

McCluskey and Monique Lenehan-Moustafa showed they will form a damaging partnership in the shooting circle, as the veteran goaler enjoyed taking the court with the Victorian Netball League player.

‘‘She’s brilliant, I loved it,’’ McCluskey said.

‘‘It was good, she dictated the play and I played around her. They doubled up on her and that left me free, so it was really good to have that strength.’’

Tatura’s defenders are presented with the task of combating the holding and moving shooter combination, but coach Molly Boyle said her side was up to the task.

The back end will be led by Alex Bertram, the only remaining member of the 2015 side to also play in last Saturday’s victory against Mansfield.

‘‘Alex played a good game last weekend, so we’re excited to have her around this year, she was awesome and it felt good because she’s been around at Tat for so long, so it was really nice,’’ Boyle said.

‘‘We want to work on our defensive pressure all over the court and encouragement coming from everyone.’’

While the Bulldogs justifiably celebrated their win last week, a victory at home would prove just as special.

Star recruit Roey Johnstone was red-hot in the goal circle in round one and has to find her way through a well-oiled Mooroopna defence.

McCluskey worked with the defence across the week, but said minor details also had to be addressed including uncharacteristic footwork errors.

Kate Fletcher, a VNL team-mate of Lenehan-Moustafa and Mia Fallon, is under an injury cloud as the team awaits news on if she will be able to take to the court for the Cats this season.

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