Taverna’s milestone celebrated in style

July 03, 2017

Emily Taverna was a standout during her 150th game for Moama.

Not challenged for long: Moama continued its dominant Murray Netball League season with an 88-15 drubbing of Rumbalara. Pictured is coach Charlotte Long showing off some of her skills during a break in play.Charlotte Long of Moama during the MFNL A grade netball match between Moama and Rumbalara. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Moama remains unchallenged in the Murray Netball League.

The Magpies are far and away the best side in the competition and showed it once more against Rumbalara on Saturday with an 88-15 victory.

However, coach Charlotte Long denied her side would lose its hunger.

‘‘It was a good win, I’m happy with the way we’re not complacent at all,’’ she said.

‘‘We want to win by more every week and we’ve got the best bunch of girls who are really enjoying playing together.’’

Emily Taverna played her 150th game for Moama and was one of her team’s better players in the win.

‘‘It’s an awesome effort considering that she’s only 19 and played two years in the Goulburn Valley,’’ Long said.

‘‘She was one of the best, her intensity is always really good.’’

The scary thing for the rest of the league is that star Steph Watson is still out for Moama, meaning the side will only get stronger as the climax of the season approaches.

‘‘We’re looking forward to the bye to have a rest, but we’re excited to tackle the hard end of the draw after that,’’ Long said.

Tongala shored up its position at the top end of the table with a 42-35 victory against the in-form Echuca United.

‘‘It was a gutsy win,’’ coach Alicia White said.

‘‘We were four up and then three down, so we changed the whole team around.

‘‘There were some combinations that have probably not played together before, but they clicked and we were just really desperate for the win.’’

The success was a crucial one for the Blues’ top two chances.

‘‘We knew it was very important if we want to finish in the top two this year to win this one,’’ White said.

‘‘All the girls stepped up well, but the best thing to come out of it was our patience.’’

Tongala’s Amy Hammond was the best player on court, but the standard will surely lift if the two sides meet again with Caddison Mulholland (Tongala) and Elle Florance (Echuca United) missing from the action.

In other results, Congupna secured its third straight win to move into seventh position on the ladder.

The Road defeated Cobram 44-40 in another close contest.

Numurkah held off a strong challenge from Finley to take victory 44-35, while Deniliquin easily accounted for Nathalia 68-24.

Mulwala continues to cling onto sixth spot, despite losing against Barooga 28-50.

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