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Swans ready to take flight

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June 14, 2018

Katunga could be ready to make a charge up the Picola District Netball League ladder.

The Swans are already in front of the ledger this season with a 5-4 record, but A-grade assistant and B-grade coach Dani Henderson thinks the squad is ready to take the next step as a crucial part of the campaign arrives.

‘‘We’ve had some really good, positive games,’’ Henderson said.

‘‘Our form has been a bit up and down, but we’ve been working really hard on the defensive end and they were brilliant last week.

‘‘We’ve got the ability to push those top teams as well, we haven’t had a settled team against them yet and (we’ve still gotten close).’’

Katunga (sixth) comfortably defeated Mathoura 61-48 last week and faces seventh-placed Picola United on Saturday before taking on Strathmerton (fifth) next weekend.

Henderson feels the side is primed to take victory in those clashes and make a push for the top four, with key player Kristy Eddy ready to return from a fractured wrist.

‘‘We lost Kristy to a fractured wrist in round five and she’ll be back this weekend,’’ Henderson said.

‘‘Her leadership, voice and drive on the court will be a big boost.

‘‘We’ve had to use a few under-17 girls without her and they’ve done really well, but now with seven senior players back on the court hopefully we can settle the team.’’

United will present a stiff challenge for the Swans after defeating Yarroweyah last week and getting within a goal of Waaia the round before.

‘‘Picola are a bit of a dark horse,’’ Henderson said.

‘‘I think it will be a really good game and a great contest.

‘‘Aimee (Sidebottom) and Jordyn (Sutton), our goalers, are almost unstoppable when they’re on, so for us it’s about getting that attacking end right and doing all of the one percenters.’’

●Other round 11 matches this weekend include Jerilderie taking on Katamatite, Blighty hosting Rennie and Mathoura clashing against Tocumwal.

Berrigan will have the chance to knock off the Bombers, while Strathmerton welcomes the Hoppers, with Deniliquin having the weekend off.

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