Moama no longer invincible

July 24, 2017

On the march: Tongala's Paige Wade fires off a pass during the Blues outstanding defeat of Moama.

Moama was unstoppable, unbeatable and invincible.

Not any more.

While the race for sixth on the Murray Netball League ladder was reaching boiling point, an injury-riddled Tongala blew the battle for top spot wide open.

In a scrappy, low-scoring affair, the Blues — missing the likes of Abby Pettifer and Serena Backman and with Caddison Mulholland going down again early in the contest — were able to do something no other team has been able to do this season.

They made the Magpies feel pressure and in the process turned an eight-goal quarter-time deficit into a 38-36 victory.

‘‘It was just a hard slog, I think we were just relieved when the game was over,’’ Tongala coach Alicia White said.

‘‘We were down by eight at quarter-time, but we manned up more and put a bit of pressure on.

‘‘It wasn’t a pretty game of netball, there were plenty of turnovers, but our biggest thing was patience, we didn’t seem to rush the ball.’’

Pip Inglis, Paige Wade and Amy Hammond were outstanding through the midcourt, but it was the shooting of Sarah Kent that impressed White the most.

‘‘It was a really defensive game, but Sarah (Kent) was our best, her shooting was very consistent all game,’’ she said.

And while the scalp will surely make the rest of the competition stand up and take notice of her side, White stressed it would just be business as usual at Tongala.

‘‘We’re happy with the result, but we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves,’’ she said.

‘‘Anything can happen come finals, but we’ve got a lot of belief in our team and we’ve still got a bit of depth.’’

With Finley and Cobram securing victories on Saturday, the middle section of the table is experiencing a massive logjam.

The Cats defeated Barooga 47-36, while the Tigers beat Mulwala 48-31, meaning just one game separates Congupna in sixth and Nathalia in 10th.

The Road fought hard against Echuca United before eventually succumbing 35-46, with Deniliquin taking Saturday’s final game 68-19 against Rumbalara.

Super Sunday’s clash between Numurkah and Nathalia rounded out the weekend, with the Blues winning 36-31.

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