Un­lucky Ba­rooga edges closer to maiden vic­tory

The Cobram Courier - - GAME ON -

Ba­rooga is edg­ing closer to its first A-grade win in the MNL sea­son af­ter go­ing down to Ton­gala by just three goals.

While a 0-5 start to the sea­son makes for grim read­ing for Ba­rooga fans, co-coach Tay­lah Hazel­man said out of those five games, the Hawks have played three of the top four teams on the lad­der and have pushed those teams to the last whis­tle with­out get­ting the choco­lates.

For the young coach, it has been easy to pin­point one of the ma­jor rea­sons they are not win­ning and that has been their slow starts to games.

‘‘Again this week we started slow,’’ Hazel­man said.

‘‘We are set­ting our­selves to be seven or eight goals down and chas­ing for the re­main­der of the game and we ac­tu­ally won the last half of the game against Ton­gala and had we not been eight goals down in the be­gin­ning, we would have won.

‘‘We are not putting four good quar­ters to­gether and that’s what we need to do in or­der to win those games.’’

Hazel­man said she and her sis­ter and fel­low coach Sharni had been un­able to put a fin­ger on why the Hawks had been start­ing so slowly.

‘‘We spoke about how we needed to come out fir­ing be­fore the game and we tried to pump each other up but just ba­sic er­rors like throw­ing away balls and turn­ing the ball over in de­fence cost us,’’ Hazel­man said.

‘‘They had a zone set-up and we couldn’t break through it. In A-grade netball, we should be able to bring the ball out of de­fence eas­ily.’’

Ba­rooga will not get a bet­ter chance to break its duck this sea­son than when it takes on bot­tom-of-the­lad­der side Nathalia this week­end.

So close: Ba­rooga co-coach Tay­lah Hazel­man scraps for the aerial ball in her side’s close loss to Ton­gala. Pic­ture: Steve Huntley

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