Saints fall short against the reigning premiers
MYRTLEFORD netballers lit up the night in their A Grade match against 2019 premiers Wangaratta but were unable to topple the titans, going down 39 to 32 goals on Saturday.
The Magpies came out strong, opening up a six goal lead by the half, but the Saints reined them in to just two goals in front by the end of the third quarter.
“We worked really hard to get within two and said if we execute things well we can get on top of this game,” Myrtleford coach Tina Way said.
“It was about going out and being consistent for the last 15 minutes and we weren’t.
“There was a little dip there and that saw them push out because they’re so good that any lapse of concentration or unforced errors will see them push out.
“I’m very happy with the way we persisted all game, the Myrtleford girls did a good job.
“We’ll take the loss; I don’t want to say the loss is OK but at the same time they are the best, so we have something to work towards now.”
Myrtleford goal keeper Rebecca Piazza was kept busy all game, but Way said Piazza stepped up and fought hard the entire match.
“Rebecca Piazza was matched with someone of similar height, Amanda Umanski,” she said.
“They had a really good tussle in the goal circle there.
“She was taken off in the third quarter, whether it was tactical or if Rebecca was beating her, I don’t know, I’m not the Wangaratta coach so I can’t ascertain why.
“Rebecca definitely battled for rebounds and took some intercepts; they had a really good tussle down there.
“Amie Antonello shot really well, she shot 27 from 33; she had a high volume of goals with minimal misses.”
Myrtleford will face Lavington in round three at McNamara reserve, and will have to patch some of the weaker parts of their game in order to be competitive.
“We did have a high error rate throughout the game with unforced errors, bad passes, stepping, offsides; little things that we can change that when we meet them again might change that score line,” Way said.
“They have had a lot of players leave Lavington and go to Albury from what I’m aware of.
“However, they did win over Raiders on the weekend; we’re the same, we’ve had one win and one loss each.
“If the girls come out with high intensity and the will to perform on Saturday night, I would hope that we do have a win.”
The Saints were more successful in other grades, with every other match going Myrtleford’s way.
The B Grade side beat the Magpies by 18 goals, C grade got up by nine, and the 17 & Under squad blew Wangaratta out of the water by 30.