Rochester compounded Mooroopna’s troubles with a one-goal win on Saturday.
It marks the fifth loss in a row for Jenni McCluskey’s side, which has not won since round four against Seymour.
The Tigers burst to a huge lead in the first quarter, which the Cats could never recover from.
Rochester shooters Morgan Dingwall and Sarah Brooks did not miss in the first term, while the Tigers’ defenders kept Cats shooters to just five goals.
Tigers coach Clare Shalders said given how well her side began, it would have been shattering if it could not hold on.
‘‘I think we took the lead by eight in the first quarter, so it was a bit disappointing because we had to fight it out, but we had led hard all day, but didn’t have a good second quarter and dropped off our shooting percentage,’’ she said.
‘‘We got the ball down, but we couldn’t convert with good pressure from their defence.’’
Ash Lancaster and Ebony Evans led the way for Mooroopna, which struggled without Monique Lenehan-Moustafa and Mia Fallon, who had Victorian Netball League commitments.
With a younger brigade having to contend with intense pressure from Rochester, the Cats worked their way back into the contest to only trail by four goals heading into the final quarter.
Although Mooroopna moved within a goal, it was never able to take the lead as Rochester was rewarded for its hard work early.
‘‘I think overall it was a really good team effort, but I gave the best to the defence, Bridgette Holt and Tess Ringin in wing defence and Maddy Egglestone and Eesha Clarke all did their bit and that’s what it takes, we’ve got no big name stars,’’ Shalders said.
‘‘Defensively we played great, which is good, they have a never say did attitude and they would have been devastated if they had lost.’’
Rochester plays Mansfield in another winnable game, while the Cats will have their work cut out for them again when they travel to Euroa.