Mow­ers face test from ram­pant Rams

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MOAMA (11 wins, one loss) ver­sus De­niliquin (11 wins, one loss) in a bat­tle be­tween first and third on the Murray Netball League A grade lad­der. Oh my, this is go­ing to be good. Not many teams this sea­son have looked like they are go­ing to threaten the might of Moama.

But Deni have looked as good, if not bet­ter, at var­i­ous stages this sea­son.

So we are pretty ex­cited at the prospect of this match.

Moama re­ally haven’t been tested that of­ten in the past sea­so­nand-a-half.

And we ex­pect they will be here, which is a pretty tasty prospect.

How will the Mow­ers re­spond to the challenge?

Ei­ther they will fall — and there will be hope for the com­pe­ti­tion for the re­main­der of the sea­son — or they will do what Moama do best.

If that hap­pens, you might as well hand them the cup now. ■ TONGALA has been a weird team to get a read on this year.

The Blues have been good in patches, un­stop­pable at times.

But at other stages they have re­ally strug­gled with the teams above them.

Co­bram is above them by one game.

And we think Tonny will make a charge as we get closer to fi­nals.

So if they beat Co­bram, it says they are find­ing that form.

And that’s a scary prospect for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, be­cause Tonny in form is a very, very good team.

Sixth-placed Tongala sits one spot above ECHUCA UNITED on the lad­der on per­cent­age but the Eagles do have the bye this week. ■ ECHUCA would love a win to­mor­row in the Goul­burn Val­ley League.

Sey­mour is one of the best netball sides in the com­pe­ti­tion.

And the Lions beat the Murray Bombers the last time the two sides faced off.

Echuca’s stum­ble against Tatura in the pre­vi­ous round has a few peo­ple cre­den­tials.

We aren’t. Echuca will fin­ish top three.

But we do want a re­sponse from Gina Pear­son’s team.

We want them to come out and make a state­ment by knock­ing off a pre­mier netball side in the com­pe­ti­tion.

They have the game plan, they have the tal­ent.

And they also have home court ad­van­tage.

So, here is our pre­dic­tion for the ques­tion­ing their game — Echuca will avenge that round two loss and get the points. ■ LBU’S sea­son is all but over — 14 points adrift of fifth-placed El­more in the Heath­cote District Netball League, the Cats need a mir­a­cle.

The Cats lost their ninth life in their ninth loss of the sea­son, against White Hills last month, and need at least four wins from the final five games of the year to rescue any chance of play­ing fi­nals.

That starts to­mor­row with a winnable match against the North Bendigo Bull­dogs.

It is a match Amanda Walker and her side have pen­cilled in as one they want to take four points from — and they might have to.

Af­ter that is the crunch match against El­more, fol­lowed by a trip to Heath­cote where the Cats have won ear­lier in the sea­son.

Lad­der top­ping Col­binab­bin is the penul­ti­mate game of the year, be­fore a lo­cal derby in L-G to round out the year.

The Cats have threat­ened to get their com­bi­na­tions right all year — if there was ever a time to get it right, it’s now. ■ PICOLA UNITED is on the hunt for a se­cond win on the trot af­ter de­feat­ing lo­cal ri­vals Mathoura in the pre­vi­ous round of the Picola and District Netball League.

And it could well be the case as they take on wooden spoon Ber­ri­gan Saints to­mor­row.

If the Blues win to­mor­row it could seal their spot in­side the top eight, tak­ing their record this sea­son to 7-7.

Ber­ri­gan has snuck just one win in 2018, and looks un­likely to claim its se­cond vic­tim as they travel to Picola to­mor­row.

With six rounds re­main­ing Picola could open up a 12 point gap on the chas­ing pack. Ev­ery game from here on is cru­cial. ■ MATHOURA will be well rested af­ter hav­ing the week off with the bye and will need all its en­ergy as Blighty come to town.

Top of the Picola and District Netball League, Blighty is yet to be de­feated this year, two points clear of Tocumwal and six clear of Waaia.

There is light at the end of the tun­nel how­ever, in the form of Ber­ri­gan, who the Tim­ber­cut­ters play on July 21.

Ber­ri­gan are bot­tom of the lad­der with one win from 13 at­tempts this year, and could be Mathoura’s last chance to sing their song.

Luke Hemer.

READY TO BRING THEIR A GAME: Emily Tav­erna and her Moama team­mates will be sternly tested when they take a road trip to De­niliquin this week­end. Photo:

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