Depleted team was valiant in defeat

May 17, 2017

Cobram's Lili Murphy looks to pass in the under-17 Murray interleague game.

A depleted Murray Netball League side was valiant in defeat against the Wimmera league on Saturday, but lacked poise and polish in the dying moments of the extra-time thriller.

‘‘We probably crumbled at times where we really should have stood strong,’’ coach Alicia White said.

The final score of 53-55 meant the home side was always in the match, but could not capitalise on opportunities.

‘‘We definitely had our opportunities to win the game,’’ White said. ‘‘At times our experience probably lacked.’’

●It was a tough day on court for the junior Murray Netball League sides, but all netballers fought hard in tough, tight matches against Wimmera Netball League.

Cobram’s Lili Murphy and Chloe Armstrong were part of the under-17 team, Cobram’s Elle Brooks in the under-15s and Cobram’s Ashlee Russo and Amber Elliott in the under-13s.

In a historic day for the league, the under-13 and under-15 Murray sides competed at interleague level for the first time.

‘‘It is just fantastic from my point of view,’’ netball president Julie Walsh said.

‘‘It’s just the start, we’ve proved that we can do it and be competitive and it’s definitely the way to go.’’

Walsh also co-coached the under-13 side, which came close to Wimmera but was unable to get over the line.

‘‘We got close, within two goals at one point in the last quarter,’’ she said.

‘‘Everyone played really well, there’s lots for us to take out of it.’’

Meanwhile, the under-15 girls mounted a strong comeback late in their match, but fell five goals short.

‘‘The girls played very well, we were just beaten by a bigger outfit,’’ co-coach Jen Smith said.

‘‘Every time we play together we are improving and it’s about getting better every time we go out there, so it certainly wasn’t a wasted day.’’

In the final junior match of the day, Murray’s under-17 girls’ chances were cruelled by injury and unavailability.

‘‘We had an injury in the first five minutes of the game, which left us with no rotations and wore our legs out,’’ co-coach Renee Judd said.

—Tyler Maher.

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