Understrength Timbercutters have strength

May 07, 2018

An understrength Mathoura came away with the goods against Jerilderie on Saturday.

An understrength Mathoura came away with the goods against Jerilderie on Saturday.

Completing a strong outing for the club as the football side also beat the Demons, the Timbercutters took the match by five goals, even without two of three first choice attacking options.

The side now has a well-earned week’s rest with the bye, before taking on Rennie.

Em Crocker and Maddy McKellar were sidelined with leg injuries, leaving coach Kat Wippel with changes to make to her starting seven.

In their absence, Wippel called upon under-17 and B-grade attackers to step into their shoes.

‘‘We started off slowly as we had to make adjustments for the two new girls stepping up to the side,’’ she said.

‘‘They weren’t originally part of the game plan of course, so we made sure everyone was comfortable with the new plan.’’

And the plan worked a treat, as the new attacking combination did enough to keep Jerilderie at bay.

‘‘Our defence worked tirelessly. I was very happy, more so with the defensive end than our attackers actually. They were fantastic,’’ Wippel said.

Also standing out for Mathoura was midcourter Liv Brownfield, who had a ‘‘stellar’’ game, ensuring Jerilderie’s centre had no breathing space.

The Demons kept pace for the majority of the match before the Timbercutters got away in the final term.

‘‘To play as we did with the injuries we had before the game, I was very pleased,’’ she said.

‘‘They kept pace with us, as the score line showed it was really close.’’

Mathoura has snuck into the top eight, four points clear of ninth-placed Rennie.

Wippel hopes the two key injured players will be back to full fitness following the bye.

South-east rivals Waaia and Katunga went head-to-head with the powerful Bombers defeating Katunga by eight goals.

Tocumwal was a big winner against Rennie as was Deniliquin Rovers over Katamatite.

Blighty maintained its undefeated run against Picola United winning by seven goals.

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