Win too close for comfort

By Cobram Courier

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.