Pi­cola ‘sim­ply out­played’

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Ovens and King Net­ball League emerged as the top side in its in­ter­league bout with Pi­cola Dis­trict and Kyabram Dis­trict net­ball leagues at Ba­rooga on Satur­day.

OKNL over­came KDNL in the open­ing match of the day by 18 goals and moved on to de­feat PDNL - rep­re­sented by Jer­ilderie A graders Tanya Ro­rato and Keisha Strano - by the same mar­gin.

PDNL coach and for­mer Mathoura pre­mier­ship coach Grant Matthews said his side was ‘‘sim­ply out­played’’ by OKNL.

‘‘They were very crisp with the ball and their court speed was ex­cel­lent,’’ Matthews said.

‘‘I would have to say that the Ovens and King have done quite a bit of work in re­gards to putting some train­ing ses­sions to­gether, just from look­ing at their struc­tures and match play.

‘‘On the other side of the coin I would have to say a good per­cent­age of their ac­tual A grade play­ers did put their hand up to play, of their more elite A grade play­ers.’’

Matthews and KDNL coach Ker­rie Gray said their teams were more set­tled in their sec­ond match when KDNL and PDNL went headto-head to try to post a win for the day.

It was KDNL that won the match by five goals.

Matthews also said some of his team’s com­bi­na­tions and struc­tures worked bet­ter in the sec­ond match.

‘‘Hav­ing one game un­der our belt, we prob­a­bly set­tled a lit­tle bit,’’ Matthews said.

‘‘We had a bit of a chat and just went back to ba­sics and it seems it worked.

‘‘We ro­tated our play­ers, but once again our man power was prob­a­bly not to the same ca­pa­bil­ity as the KDNL ei­ther.

‘‘That’s no dis­credit to the girls. They tried their hearts out . . . you can’t ask any more than that.’’

De­fender Ge­orgie Bruce was named the best player for PDNL, but Matthews also said Katan­dra’s Aimee Side­bot­tom in cen­tre court and Ren­nie de­fender Mick­ala Thomas were good through­out the day.

Jer­ilderie shooter Tanya Ro­rato re­ceives a pass in the goal ring for Pi­cola League.

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