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One will finally break through

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June 30, 2017

Tatura defender Alex Bertram is still a couple of weeks off from returning from a knee injury with Maddie Davis stepping into her position.

Tatura is coming off a 19-goal loss, but it has not dampened spirits at the kennel.

Bulldogs coach Molly Boyle said the side was buoyed after last week’s efforts leading into tomorrow’s match against Rochester.

‘‘I think we’re coming along really positively, I know from the score last weekend people might have thought it was pretty one-sided, but we were really happy after the game and felt fairly competitive,’’ she said.

‘‘We scored our highest score of the season (42 goals) and we’re really positive and really looking forward to this week.’’

Tatura continues to hold a defensive fort, despite playing without Alex Bertram after the stalwart injured her knee against Echuca in round eight.

But Maddie Davis has seamlessly moved across from wing defence into a circle defensive position as Bertram remains a couple of weeks away.

Emila Howley has also emerged as a key player for the Bulldogs having returned to the region, with her pace an asset when coming up against a young Tigers side.

While spirits remain high at the Bulldogs, Boyle said another victory would go a long way, with her side last gathering points in a draw against Euroa in round six.

‘‘It’d be really good. We always say ‘our next win isn’t too far away’, but it feels like a long time since the third round now (when Tatura defeated Seymour),’’ Boyle said.

The side will be looking to keep Rochester to a low total as the Tigers continue to develop a young shooting pair of Morgan Dingwall and Sarah Brooks.

‘‘When we’re on, we’re playing fantastic netball and beating any defenders, but we’re not doing it consistently,’’ Rochester coach Clare Shalders said.

‘‘They’re (shooters) trying really hard and they’re working hard, but it’s the first time the two have played together, so they’ve got to get that combination consistent.

‘‘If we’re consistent for four quarters we can beat anyone. We’ve been within 10 goals of most teams.’’

Tess Ringin is a major injury concern for the Tigers, with Shalders saying the wing defence could be unavailable for an extended period, while the side is keen to move on from a shattering three-goal loss to Mansfield last week.

‘‘We have to win and I’m sure they’re saying the same thing. Last week we were devastated and I think that’s an understatement, it really hurt them and I hope they come out firing,’’ Shalders said.

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