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Finals off limits, but Tigers want to take a scalp

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August 11, 2017

Benalla Saints' Tylah Marchbank and her teammates aim to secure their place in the top six, so will not be underestimating lower-placed Rochester this weekend.

Rochester cannot make the finals, but that does not mean it will be an easy target.

The injury-ravaged Tigers travel to Benalla as the Goulburn Valley League top six still remains up in the air.

Rochester coach Clare Shalders hoped her players would walk off the court proud at the end of the match and claim some more victories to round out the season.

‘‘Our aim is to still take some scalps, even if it means knocking someone out of the finals,’’ Shalders said.

‘‘We’re playing for pride and we’re competitive against most teams, so I told the girls ‘don’t bow your heads down’.

‘‘It will be tough coming into the match, they’re (Benalla) looking at a finals berth whereas finals are out of contention, the same as it was when we played Euroa (and won).

‘‘But we’ll try and hold our heads high and try and beat every team that we can for the rest of the season.’’

Injuries have not been kind to the Tigers with Rachel Whipp rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament at the start of the year and Tess Ringin copped the same injury in June.

Bridgette Holt will also be overseas for the rest of the season, but Shalders hoped the team could succeed without the versatile star.

‘‘She’s had a stellar season and every week she’ll be in the top three, but I’ll pull some players up and try and fill her shoes,’’ Shalders said.

Benalla coach Dylan Nexhip was wary of what Rochester would produce tomorrow as each game remained crucial for his side.

‘‘They’re always a team where you don’t know what’s going to happen on the day, they’ve had some good results and pushed some teams, so they’ll be hard to beat,’’ he said.

In contrast to their opposition, the Saints will enter the game fully fit.

‘‘After a week off we’re feeling fresh, it was a long period where we didn’t have a spell,’’ Nexhip said.

‘‘It was more just a mental break, I said don’t think about netball, just have a quick break.’’

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