Undermanned and unsure of what its opponent was going to conjure, Cobram produced a gutsy performance in its A-grade match against new MNL arrival Shepparton East.
Finishing 46-40 winners without star recruit Kate Bird in the line-up and losing Helen Bruni in the middle of the game with a finger injury made the win even sweeter for the young Tigers, according to coach Jac Ryan.
‘‘Lilieth Ukich came up and played her first game in A-grade and she is only 16. She did an awesome job,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘I think at one point we had a 16-year-old in goals and a 16-year-old and 18-year-old in defence, so it was pleasing we were able to grind out a good result considering we were so inexperienced.’’
Not knowing what level of play Shepparton East would bring to the table, Ryan said the Eagles were ‘‘quite skilful’’.
She expects them to be competitive in their new surrounds.
An eight-goal lead to Cobram at quarter-time was an unwelcome introduction to the MNL for the Eagles.
The Tigers take on another new team this weekend in the form of Tungamah.
‘‘From what I can gather, Tungamah will be the strongest of the three teams that have come into the league, so we will probably get a better indication this week of the type of netball we will need to produce against those new teams,’’ Ryan said.
Ryan sung the praises of Cobram’s youngsters, saying the likes of Meg Denson, Lili Murphy and Keely Bond were all instrumental in the victory.