Picola ‘simply outplayed’
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.