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Picola United hoping trend continues

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July 06, 2017

Picola United coach Leesa Hoopell (middle) will have much to say during the quarter-time breaks against Jerilderie this weekend.

Picola United will be looking to capitalise on a strong result last week to remain in the Picola District Netball League north-west division’s top five.

The Blues moved four points ahead of Berrigan with a hard-fought 44-35 victory in round 11, and coach Leesa Hoopell hoped her side could put in a similar performance on the court in round 12 against Jerilderie.

‘‘We’re hoping that we can do it again,’’ she said.

‘‘But they will definitely be tough opposition.’’

Hoopell knew this match had plenty of importance for her side’s finals chances.

‘‘We sort of have to win this week to stay in the five, so that’s good motivation,’’ she said.

‘‘If we can get over the line, even though there’s plenty of work still to be done, it puts us in a good position.

‘‘We’ve just got to work hard and we’ll get the points.’’

The new attacking combination of Emma Greaves and Kim McPherson is beginning to bear fruit for the Blues and Hoopell praised the pair for their ability to work well together.

‘‘They’ve probably been together for three weeks now, so they’re just starting to figure each other out,’’ she said.

‘‘They are finding each other beautifully actually, which is great.’’

However, the Demons will be no easybeats, and seem to have the wood over the Blues in recent seasons.

While the two sides have split honours in the past three years with one win apiece, Jerilderie’s average winning margin over the trio of victories is nine goals.

Conversely, the Blues have only taken victory by a combined total of four goals across their three triumphs.

The Demons won the first clash of the two this season by seven goals, boding well for the Blues if the recent pattern is to continue this weekend.

Meanwhile, second-placed Deniliquin Rovers will be looking for a percentage boost against struggling Mathoura.

The Timbercutters have lost eight of 11 matches this season and were completely outplayed against the Rovers in round three by 62 goals.

Berrigan and Blighty should play out a much closer contest when they meet on Saturday.

The Saints will be looking to stay in the finals race after two straight losses, while the third-placed Redeyes must win to keep pressure on the Rovers.

Undefeated Tocumwal, as well as the entire south-east division, has a bye this weekend.

Strathmerton will also relish the opportunity for a rest as it is scheduled to face Yarroweyah, with the Hoppers not able to field an A-grade side this season.

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