Silver linings in side’s heavy defeat

May 24, 2018

Better for the run: Despite going down to a strong Gippsland outfit, the Murray Netball League's interleague squad will take plenty of positives out of the clash moving forward.

Murray Netball League’s interleague squad could not recover from a slow start on Saturday.

Gippsland got the jump on the Murray outfit early in their clash at Moe and never let the visitors back into the contest.

‘‘We came up against a strong opponent who were pretty slick across the court,’’ Murray coach Dylan Nexhip said.

‘‘They got the jump on us in the first quarter, but to our girls’ credit they didn’t give up and worked for the full 60 minutes.’’

Caddison Mulholland and Klarindah Hudson stood out as Murray’s best players on the day, with the former working hard through the midcourt and the latter controlling her side’s defensive end.

But in the end Gippsland’s efficiency was too much for Murray to handle in the 34-goal defeat.

‘‘When the opposition team shoots at close to 90 per cent and barely makes an unforced error for the entire game, it does make it pretty hard,’’ Nexhip said.

‘‘But our girls stuck with it and worked their backsides off to try and put some pressure on them.

‘‘Caddison was really good through the midcourt and Klarindah did a really good job in goal defence and wing defence when she came on.’’

With this squad set to remain together for the association championships, Nexhip said there were still plenty of silver linings to Saturday’s match, despite the result.

‘‘We were patchy, but we definitely had some good passages of play,’’ he said.

‘‘Our combinations also got the chance to work together, so they’ll be some of the positives we’ll take out of it.’’

Barring injury or unavailability, Chelsea McDonald, Tamara Skinner, Abby Pettifer, Steph Hammond, Amelia Seignior, Emma Dunn, Bridget Hill and Jess Bamblett will be the stars to join Mulholland and Hudson for Murray’s association championships campaign next month.

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