It fought valiantly, but Cobram was unable to go with top-of-the-table Rumbalara in its round nine MNL clash, losing 37-56.
The match presented Cobram with a fantastic opportunity to test its mettle against a likely top-four side after a relatively soft draw.
Despite the lopsided score, Cobram played some good netball in spurts but lacked consistency.
Cobram coach Jacquie Ryan said the team left the court feeling a range of emotions after a match that ebbed and flowed.
‘‘It was a little bit disappointing, but at the same time wasn’t too disappointing because I thought we played some pretty good netball against a high quality opponent,’’ she said.
‘‘I think the fact we were able to match it with it Rumba for large parts was quite pleasing. I think if anyone looked at the score they would assume it was a bit of a reality check for us, but in reality it was probably a good thing for us.
‘‘I don’t think the score was really a true reflection of the actual game itself and I think that would be the general consensus amongst most people that watched the match.’’
Cobram will dust itself off when it takes on Deniliquin, Tongala and Moama in the coming weeks.
In a pleasing sign for the Tigers, the youth brigade again stood up and Tessa Bruni, Kealy Bond and Meg Denson all performed exceptionally well in a tough match.
‘‘Those girls really stood up when probably a lot of people would have expected them to struggle, so that was pleasing,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘They really took that next step up and have taken it quicker than we probably expected, so that was the positive message after the game.’’
Cobram travels to Mulwala this weekend in what is shaping as a crunch match for both teams.
Mulwala sits ninth on the ladder and Cobram is sixth, and the Tigers will be keen to cement their place in the top eight considering the middle of the ladder is log-jammed.
‘‘It will be a massive game for us because we need to bounce back and they’re a team we haven’t beaten in a while,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘We are always competitive against them and this will be a good test to see how far we have come this season.’’