Murray Netball League will not field a team at the Association Championships tomorrow and may not again for the forseeable future.
According to coach Alicia White, a combination of injury and unavailability served to sabotage the league’s attempt at state glory this weekend.
‘‘We’ve had to pull the pin,’’ she said.
‘‘Injuries and a number of pull-outs for numerous reasons meant we didn’t really have a team.’’
With too many top-line players unable to play, the decision was made to pull the side, rather than send a team which would be hard pressed to find success.
‘‘We felt that if we were not going to have a competitive team there was no point in taking a team down there,’’ White said.
‘‘The league made the decision on Thursday.’’
The decision looks likely to carry onwards to at least next season, with the competition looking to improve its interleague results.
‘‘Going forward we’re going to try and focus on interleague and being aligned with the football,’’ White said.
‘‘We want to make it a real league thing.’’
●White’s Tongala side faces a tough task against Barooga today, with the Blues again struggling.
‘‘We definitely won’t be taking them lightly, they have been really competitive,’’ she said.
‘‘A lot of girls will have to overlap because we’re short again this week.
‘‘We’ll be pulling from the under-17s as well and that will be able to give them a good taste of senior netball.’’
The form sides of the league, Moama and Echuca United, both face tough road trips today to Finley and Nathalia respectively.
If either of the two underdogs can snare a win it will put immense pressure on sixth-placed Mulwala, which faces fifth-placed Deniliquin.
Numurkah will be looking for an easy kill against Cobram after suffering defeat at the hands of the Magpies last week, while Rumbalara’s quest for a maiden win this year moves into its 11th round when it takes on Congupna.