Redlegs pull socks up for flag celebrations

April 12, 2018

Tallygaroopna’s opening two rounds have it taking on the toughest assignments in Kyabram District Netball League and the Redlegs aim to rise to the challenge on a day of celebration for the club.

Taking on Stanhope on Saturday, the club is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of it’s A and B-grade premierships.

Despite a decade since the wins plenty of names remain at the club, while others have gone on to have long careers with other teams.

Tamara Skinner is one that falls into the latter basket, having forged her spot as a key shooter in Numurkah’s A-grade side.

Having crossed to Murray Netball League shortly after the 2008 premiership, Skinner was best-on-court in the 10-goal win against Stanhope.

‘‘It was a very hot day and I don’t think we were expected to win the game,’’ she said.

‘‘We were up the top, but I think Stanhope were too, so they were consistent and it was always a tough fight between us for the previous couple of years.’’

But she credits her teammates as helping her take out the best-on-court medal.

‘‘I had just come back from having my second child, so I had a good break with good teammates around me,’’ Skinner said.’’

Dookie United enters the first match of a new era when the former Picola District Football Netball League club travels to Rushworth for its first game of the season.

After going down in the PDNL grand final against Waaia in a competitive showing United is sure to be competitive this season and is every chance of securing a win against the Tigers.

Rushworth went down to Longwood last week in a rare day in which both the Redlegs’ A-grade netball and seniors celebrated victories.

But in Dookie’s ranks Jodie Fleming has been replaced by Laura Henderson and the shooter is hoping to yield success with a fit side.

Ardmona can sense a victory after going down by one goal to Lancaster last week with Girgarre in its sights.

The Kangaroos struggled against premiership contender Stanhope, but are set to rebound strongly as Chloe Mitchell aims for her first win as coach.

The Redlegs equalled last year’s winning record following round one and winning consecutive games has been unheard of in recent years.

Merrigum will prove a difficult assignment as each game has it on the improve in terms of cohesion while Undera takes on a red-hot Nagambie.

Murchison-Toolamba eased into competition against Violet Town last week, but will need to take the next step in a meeting against Avenel, while Rushworth enjoys an early bye.

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