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Cunningham hellbent on getting one back for her Hoppers

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July 13, 2017

Grasshoppers coach Alice Cunningham shouldered the responsibility for the team's one-point loss in the final seconds of the game.

Murchison-Toolamba will be hoping to bounce back after its one-point loss last week, top two sides Avenel and Nagambie clash, while Tallygaroopna will aim to close the gap on the league leaders.

The Grasshoppers were within minutes of ending Avenel’s unbeaten season last week, but playing coach Alice Cunningham’s eagerness cost her side possession and virtually the game.

‘‘I made a huge blue on the weekend,’’ Cunningham said.

‘‘With a minute to go we had it in the centre, I moved too early and we turned the netball over and they got it from the restart, went down and scored virtually just before the whistle to win.’’

Cunningham’s side has lost two straight games after winning seven in a row before that, but she believed her side could regroup against Stanhope on Saturday.

‘‘We lost to them back in round one, it definitely is going to be a big game, we know what we are up against and I am confident in our girls,’’ she said.

The Grasshoppers sit in fifth, while Stanhope is a spot ahead.

‘‘We are going after the same spot, they will want to win as much as we do,’’ Cunningham said.

Defence has been a strong point at the Grasshoppers, with Cunningham singling out Bridie McCormick and Kelsey McDonald as two standouts.

Meanwhile, Avenel will have to defend top spot without its playing coach Tegan Hansen when it travels to Nagambie.

Only one win separates the two sides on top of the Kyabram District Netball League this season, while bottom half sides Ardmona and Undera will battle.

The Cats will be hoping to bounce back from their loss to Longwood last week, while the Lions will be aiming to make it three wins in their past four matches.

Tallygaroopna meets Rushworth, Girgarre plays Violet Town and Lancaster takes on arch rival Merrgum to complete the round.

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