Atkinsons are Catalyst for first victory

May 15, 2018

Mooroopna's Kristen Atkinson tries to get first hands to the ball, tussling with Rumbalara's Marissa Kerr in the process.

Mooroopna's Molly Tancred gathers the ball ahead of Rumbalara's Ella Crumpen-Winmar.

Mooroopna's Paige Baksh shrugs of Rumbalara's Marissa Kerr.

Rumbalara's Kathleen Sailor gets away from Mooroopna's Ilmie Cuthbert.

Kristen and Thamar Atkinson stood out in Mooroopna’s big win against Rumbalara.

The pair starred in the Cats’ first win of the Northern Country Women’s League season when they overcame Rumba 10.16 (76) to 1.3 (9).

Mooroopna has played well to start the season, but has been unable to tie up close matches, going down to Kerang by a point in round one with Shepparton taking the spoils by five points last week.

But Sunday’s result was never in doubt as Britt Tancred’s team led from start to finish against Rumbalara which entered the match on the back of its inaugural win.

‘‘It was a fantastic first quarter which is always good and then in the second quarter we kicked eight points,’’ Tancred said.

‘‘But we had the ball and we were looking to do everything with it, but Rumba was playing great defence and was tough.’’

Mooroopna’s accuracy was not up to standard, but with the ball locked in the Cats’ attack, the missed opportunities could be forgiven.

Molly Tancred was also in fine form, although the coach said her side was yet to play at full strength this season.

‘‘We’ve got quite a few injuries and have had people away, so it’s been a bit of a rocky start,’’ Tancred said.

‘‘The girls definitely deserved it, we haven’t quite got over the line and haven’t had a full team, so we’ve been a bit tired by the end of games.’’

● Shepparton remains undefeated after three rounds with Sam Heron key in her side’s hard-fought win against Kerang.

The Bears got up by two goals, holding off a second-half push from their opposition with Heron finishing with a bag of five goals.

Jessie Barassi chipped in with two with Ash Thorneycroft sensational along the wing and presenting plenty of ball inside 50.

Maddy McNeill and Emily McClure never tired, while Stacey Barbagallo and Sharni Ferrari (three goals) battled hard for Kerang.

●Benalla capitalised on a strong start to overcome Echuca 7.5 (47) to 3.12 (30).

The Saints kept the Murray Bombers goalless in the first quarter at Benalla Showgrounds, although Echuca eventually worked itself into the game.

But with Benalla holding a five-point lead at three-quarter-time, it was able to hold on and salute by the final siren.

Ally Reid continued on with her purple patch to start the season and was aided by teammates Kylie Relf, Brittany Button and Alison Ballard.

Fallon Lieschke and Jessica Pitts were best for the Murray Bombers.

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