MNL

Win too close for com­fort

The Cobram Courier - - GAME ON -

Co­bram’s A-grade netball side moved to fifth on the MNL lad­der, beat­ing new­comer Tungamah to se­cure its fourth win in five matches.

De­spite jump­ing out of the blocks and rac­ing to an early lead, Co­bram was un­able to put Tungamah to the sword, with the Bears fight­ing back bravely to lose 40-35.

Co­bram coach Jackie Ryan said her side should not have al­lowed the score to get that close.

‘‘It prob­a­bly shouldn’t have been that close. We got out to a 14-goal lead in the third quar­ter and I’m not re­ally sure what hap­pened af­ter that,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘We were a lit­tle bit up and down all day, ac­tu­ally, but we got away with the win in the end and that was the main thing.’’

Much like the se­nior foot­ball side, Co­bram’s A-grade net­ballers are look­ing for­ward to putting their feet up this week­end as they have the bye.

‘‘We have a young side and it is prob­a­bly a good thing we have the bye this week be­cause I think when you are young and in your first or sec­ond year in A-grade the games are tough ev­ery week, so they do need a bit of a break to re­fresh,’’ Ryan said.

With the Tigers tak­ing on Katan­dra af­ter the bye, they then face an­other week­end off be­cause of in­ter­league, which Ryan de­scribed as ‘‘a bit of an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion’’.

She will no doubt be hop­ing it does not in­ter­rupt the mo­men­tum her side has gained from its strong start to the sea­son af­ter bat­tling away last sea­son.

De­fender Meg Den­son would have re­ceived Ryan’s vote for best on court against Tungamah and the coach said she was hav­ing an out­stand­ing year.

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