Playing with good Grace

June 29, 2017

Shepparton East co-coach Grace Pedretti looks set to return to a full game against Katandra this week after regaining fitness from an injury setback.

Shepparton East should rectify its early loss to Katandra with a comfortable win tomorrow.

The Eagles faced a rough start to the season, falling to the Kats by 17 goals in round five as the side continued to find its feet.

But having returned to the form of last year as key players recovered from injury, Katandra should be easy prey for East.

Only serving to make the task slightly more difficult for the Eagles will be the absences of star midcourt player Claire Doherty and shooter Tiffany Damianopoulos.

But co-coach and reigning best-and-fairest Grace Pedretti said the side would be able to fill the void, not least because she feels at near full fitness having returned from an ankle injury.

‘‘I played my second game last week and I’ve played a half both weeks, so with the two girls out I’m hoping that I’m in line to play the whole game. It’s a good reason, so I might play a full game,’’ she said.

The team was put through intense fitness training on Tuesday night to help them prepare for the rest of the season.

But for Pedretti the focus on Saturday is on dominating each term, rather than being overawed about the whole match.

‘‘We’ve really just got to work together to push ourselves a little bit more, giving 15 minutes at a time as opposed to looking at the game as a whole,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got a bench and everyone on the bench is fully capable of coming on, so we’ll play more like a team like ‘you run the centre for this 15 minutes for this quarter and the I’ll swap you out’.’’

In other Picola District Netball League south-east matches Katamatite and Rennie meet each other in a battle of the cellar dwellers.

Tungamah faces Katunga as the Swans come off a strong win against Shepparton East, while Waaia and Dookie United complete the round.

●In north-west matches, Blighty and Strathmerton meet with the Bulldogs likely to give the Redeyes more of a challenge than last week.

Trouncing Mathoura by 55 goals in round 11, Blighty is in for a long slog as the opportunity to rise up the ladder is a possibility for either side that wins.

Picola United continues to fight for a finals position as it faces Berrigan in a battle between the two middle sides, while as Tocumwal should easily beat Jerilderie.

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