Fighting for fifth

July 27, 2017

Centre Danielle O’Shea will be a key player for Tungamah in the contest against Katandra on Saturday.

The race for fifth in the Picola District Netball League south-east division is about to reach boiling point.

Tungamah is just one game behind fifth-placed Katandra, which it hosts on Saturday.

‘‘At the minute we’re one-and-one against them this year,’’ Tungamah co-coach Felicity Irvine said.

‘‘They’re always nice and close games, but hopefully we can get up.’’

If the Bears win they will leapfrog the Kats into prime position to taste finals action, but with plenty of time remaining in the season — and Rennie also in the mix — anything can happen.

‘‘It is a must-win for us,’’ Irvine said.

‘‘If we can get a win on the board, it will go a long way to helping us make the finals.’’

Tungamah is certainly a young side this year, but Irvine said it would continue to use that to its advantage.

‘‘We’ve had four under-17 girls play A-grade for us nearly every week,’’ she said.

‘‘Abbey Griffin has only just turned 16, she’s really standing out and developing well for us as a defender, she’s tall and always gets a hand in.

‘‘We just need our goalers to be on and theirs to be off and we’ll be right.’’

Danielle O’Shea will also be integral to a Tungamah victory, with the centre able to run all day.

The Kats have suffered from a combination of a rough draw and inconsistent performances during the past three games, losing each one by an average of 26 goals.

However, as long as the Kats remain entrenched in fifth it will remain up to other teams to dislodge them.

The Grasshoppers face a tough task against third-placed Shepparton East, while Dookie United will try to halt Katunga’s five match winning streak.

With the final match of round 15 pitting the competition’s best against its worst, Katamatite will be hoping to pull off a massive upset when it hosts undefeated Waaia.

Last time the sides met it was the Bombers who took an impressive 43-goal victory, meaning the Tigers must find plenty of late season improvement.

●In the north-west division, Picola United will travel to Blighty in an attempt to secure its finals spot, while sixth-placed Berrigan will look for a big win against Mathoura.

The Deniliquin Rovers face Jerilderie in the final match of the round, with Strathmerton (bye) and undefeated Tocumwal (fixture against Yarroweyah) earning a much-needed rest as the season approaches its climax.

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