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July 21, 2017

Casey Frame will be urging Murray Bombers to work their way into the top six when the take on Mooroopna tomorrow.

A loss for Echuca tomorrow would effectively mean players can book holidays in September.

The Murray Bombers face Mooroopna with Casey Frame’s team six points from working its way into the top six.

While Echuca is in eighth position, the Cats are just four points and one spot above in seventh.

Dropping tomorrow’s game would end Echuca’s finals chances after losing to Benalla last week.

Frame’s charges could only compete for three quarters before the Saints ran over the top, although the Cats have their own issues to sort through.

In a similar fashion to last year, Mooroopna started with plenty of gusto, but has slowly petered out through the midway point of the season.

But with all of her players available for tomorrow’s clash, coach Jenni McCluskey said the whole side was looking forward to a potential four points.

‘‘We’re keen for the wins, but we’re not making it impossible that we’re going to go in nervous and stress out, we’re keen to go in and play our game and hopefully the scores will just occur,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve dropped a couple that we shouldn’t have, which has put us in a really iffy position, but we’re keen to make up for some of them.’’

The Cats could not buy a win between rounds five and eight, losing by an average of 2.3 goals, which could harm their chance to play in September.

Had Mooroopna won those matches it would be sitting on the same points as second-placed Shepparton.

But McCluskey’s team is in prime position to send Echuca to the wayside, with the coach confident her side could keep star Murray Bombers’ shooter Lisa Drysdale accountable.

Even in attack, McCluskey believed her side was building with each match as Victorian Netball League ace Monique Lenehan-Moustafa remains at the forefront.

‘‘Mon is going brilliant, it’s just about making sure that we work around her and don’t force the ball to her, but can find the other goalers when one goaler is shut down,’’ she said.

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