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Development on Boyle with new faces at Tatura

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March 30, 2018

Molly Boyle imparted many lessons on the court for her Tatura teammates last year, and her team is well placed for a strong 2018 season.

Echuca and Tatura are two teams to watch out for as big improvers this season.

Following an elimination final exit last year, the Murray Bombers are searching for another top six appearance with Gina Pearson back at the helm.

But the Bulldogs should be on the rise after a confidence-boosting year.

Molly Boyle and Emma Ryan have imparted plenty of knowledge on the side, while also letting their skills do the talking on court.

Ryan has slotted into a defensive posting given Brylee Schache’s addition into the goal end, where she is hoping to exert some Victorian Netball League poise in the circle.

With Paigan Impey transferring from Mooroopna, Boyle said the new additions would be key to the side being competitive.

‘‘Paigan’s been going really well, she is looking forward to getting out on the court, she is one of the younger ones, she’s just turned 18,’’ Boyle said.

‘‘We’ve got a few new combinations particularly up our attacking end, so we’ll play it quarter by quarter.’’

Reigning best-and-fairest Jacquie James has moved to Murray Netball League powerhouse Moama, while Boyle could only hazard a guess on what Echuca would produce.

Pearson will filter through a possible 11 A-grade players early on as she aims to find the perfect combination.

Starting with tomorrow’s home game as a base, Sheridan Townrow returns to the side to throw in some experience, while Casey Frame makes her way back from a knee reconstruction via B-grade.

‘‘I’ve got five goalers, so I’m lucky that a couple can play centre court and it’ll just come down to combinations, but we’ve got height and great speed,’’ Pearson said.

Wanting to focus on her side’s attacking end, she said tomorrow’s match would provide the perfect test.

‘‘(Ryan playing down back) is going to make them strong in defence, but our back end is going to be strong too, so we’re looking forward to trying to control our own play and concentrate on a strong defensive structure,’’ Pearson said.

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