Defeat would be pretty tough to Bear

August 10, 2017

Tungamah coach Felicity Irvine (pictured) will push her team for a win on Saturday to ensure a place in the top five.

There is only one option for Tungamah against Dookie United on Saturday.

With a final round match against Waaia, the Bears must win to have any chance of taking part in the Picola District Netball League south-east finals.

Felicity Irvine’s side has fluctuated in and out of the top five for the year, but has remained a constant in fifth spot in recent weeks.

Tungamah has slowly been working towards another game against United, having lost to Jodie Fleming’s side by 23 goals in their first encounter before going down by 12 goals in round 10.

In a remarkably even year, just six wins could secure the Bears a elimination final spot against either Shepparton East or another meeting against United.

However a loss would all but signal the end of Tungamah’s season as Rennie and Katandra continue to remain in the mix.

The Kats have not won since round 11 in an injury-ravaged season and things do not look any easier to finish off the year.

With a meeting against premiership contender Katunga to come this week, reigning premier Katandra will then meet the Grasshoppers in the final round.

As Rennie is more than a chance of claiming the round 18 match, Paula Mifka’s side will need to limit the damage Waaia can inflict on it this week in order to pip Tungamah.

Shepparton East’s position in the top five is still unsettled, as it battles with Dookie United to finish third.

The Eagles should retain its ownership of the spot as Katamatite is on Saturday’s agenda.

●Picola United’s finals aspirations rest on a win against a highly regarded Deni Rovers outfit on Saturday.

The Blues have the last spot in the final five, with sixth-placed Berrigan a game behind.

But as the Saints gain an automatic four points for the bye along with boasting a superior percentage, Picola United needs to produce a mammoth effort.

Blighty will enter the first week of finals off the back of two byes, with a scheduled week off in round 17 compounded by a forfeit on Saturday against Yarroweyah.

Tocumwal will just be hoping to move through its round 18 clash with Mathoura unscathed as Strathmerton faces a tough hit out against Jerilderie.

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