Coach says to Elle with three-peat talk

September 04, 2017

The three-peat is still alive.

However, Echuca United coach Elle Florance would have none of such talk after her side comfortably took care of Congupna on Saturday in an elimination final.

‘‘We have left the past in the past,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got a new group this year and we’re really just taking it week by week.’’

The 54-28 Eagles victory was engineered by a fast start and a complete team effort across the court.

‘‘We started off calmly, it was one of our goals, and that really set us up for the rest of the game,’’ Florance said.

‘‘Our midcourters and goalers were great and we finished off quite well, so it was a good team effort.’’

The Eagles led by seven, 10, 20 and eventually 26 goals at every whistle, and were never in danger of an early exit from the Murray Netball League finals series.

Deniliquin had a much tougher task against Numurkah, but won the right to face the Eagles with a 37-34 victory yesterday.

The Rams had the ascendancy early and were seven goals up at the main break, but the Blues fought back to be within just one at the final change.

Deniliquin coach Jodie Sefton was proud of her charges for being able to absorb that challenge and go again to claim success.

‘‘It was a typical final with a lot of pressure on and a lot of momentum swings,’’ she said.

‘‘We had the opportunity early to put the game away and Numurkah were then able to get going.

‘‘But credit to our girls for being able to wrestle control back and get the win.’’

Natalie Thorpe, Emily Mildren and Bec White were the stars for the Rams, and the trio will have to stand up again next week against the Eagles.

‘‘Obviously they (Echuca United) have a lot of tall timber in their goal circle, but we feel we have the players to combat that now,’’ Sefton said.

‘‘It will be an enthralling battle, especially in the midcourt.’’

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