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Strathmerton moves to top of the table

By Cobram Courier

Strathmerton has moved to the outright lead of the Picola and District Netball League with a narrow two-goal win against Deniliquin Rovers.

Final score: Deniliquin Rovers 35 lost to Strathmerton 37

There was never more than three goals in it at any of the intervals with the Bulldogs sealing the hard-fought four points with a 10-goal-to-nine final quarter.

‘‘What a finish to a very intense game,’’ Strathmerton coach Caitlyn Price said.

‘‘It was anyone’s games until the final minute.

‘‘The team work displayed out on court, backing each other until the end was definitely the winner for us and it is what gets us over the line in tight situations.

‘‘What an awesome bunch of girls.’’

Tegan Sutton, Hope Lindhe and Vanessa Ward were amongst the best on court awards.

The Bulldogs have a weekend off before facing midranking Picola United at home in round 11.

Katamatite

Katamatite suffered its first defeat of the season, going down by three goals to Tocumwal.

Final score: Tocumwal 42 d Katamatite 39

The Bloods were the better side in the second half and it was tight until the end with the scores level at a stage in the final quarter.

‘‘It was a fantastic contest,’’ Katamatite coach Ria Hodge said.

‘‘We came out firing and we felt in control across the first half of the game.

‘‘A tough third quarter saw us lapse and make a few too many errors that gave Toc an opportunity to take the lead.

‘‘We new it was going to be a challenge for us and it certainly was, however I believe if we hadn’t of lost our consistency in the third quarter the result would have been different.’’

Leonie Rogers, Monique Van Tilborg and Tess Saunders were best on court for the Tigers who face seventh-place Waaia at home next weekend.

Yarroweyah

An understrength Yarroweyah had a seven-goal defeat away to Mathoura on Saturday despite a battling second half display.

Final score: Mathoura 41 d Yarroweyah 34

‘‘It was always going to be a tough day with so many girls not available to play,’’ Hoppers coach Kirrily Jones said.

‘‘We were not at our best in the first quarter, real credit to the girls to be able to turn it around and fight right to the end.

A handful of players needed to step up from lower grades for Yarroweyah with B-grade goal shooter Tegan Oliver shinning in the top grade.

‘‘Tegan was best on court by far — I don’t think she missed a goal.

‘‘Nicole Startari was also a standout, I am proud of the girls who did play and that gave 110 per cent.’’

The Hoppers meet Jerilderie next weekend.

Yarroweyah is level on points with the Demons, who lost be 25 goals against Rennie on Saturday.