Mitta outgun Bushies
MITTA United knew that they had to beware of complacency against Beechworth teams who would all have reasons to display their improved consistency.
The Bushrangers netballers brought that determination to the courts but could not score enough points in any game to take a win.
All teams are sitting in the bottom couple of the ladder with more testing matches against Tallangatta next week.
Once again the netballers resilience will be on display.
The football field saw two percentage builders for the under 17 and reserves, where the Bushies really established their intent from the beginning, with a tight defence keeping their opponents scoring opportunities limited while working the scoreboard overtime.
Only inaccuracy of the under 17 marred an impressive display.
The senior side was challenged to retain their sixth position with a win over the team immediately above them and set up their tilt to a final role.
It was a high scoring match with the Bushrangers kicked 14.11, but Mitta had all the answers, booting 20.13 and beating Beechworth by 38-points.
Mitta United consolidated its position and while the Bushies remain sixth they are now a game further behind their ladder leader, giving hope to those following that they can be replaced.
Once again Bushies supporters are left to question how the obvious talent, skill and determination can be so easily switched off.
A close first quarter promised so much but Mitta tightened the screws in defence and opened up their forward approaches in the second and third quarters.
A final quarter where Bushies shared the scoring showed again that they have the attributes to match the leaders and must take the next step of bringing consistency in the kit bag.
Tom Cartledge was best on ground, with Jack Ryan and Ryan Mee also fighting hard.
Perhaps a home game crowd can inspire the teams to maintain their focus and concentration to show their promise is not an illusion.
CONTEST: Brayden Carey takes a strong mark for Beechworth on Saturday.