Redeyes are seeing a winning picture

By Alex Mitchell

Blighty’s magical start to the Picola District Netball League season has now reached eight games — and the surging Redeyes have no plans of stopping any time soon.

The league’s last remaining undefeated team will clash with Katamatite and has announced itself as a serious force to be reckoned with.

Coach Molly Cochrane — who admitted she had expected a much different start to the season — said things were clicking for her side.

‘‘It’s been a little bit unexpected, but we’re pretty happy with how we’re going,’’ Cochrane said.

‘‘When we got the new draw we were a bit concerned with how we would start. We played Tocumwal, the reigning premier and then Deniliquin and Katunga.

‘‘From the first three games we kind of expected to be 0-3, but we got the wins and we’re pretty happy we’ve continued on to win games.’’

Among a string of statement wins, the round two triumph against Tocumwal sticks out as the most famous result; Cochrane said the camaraderie among the troops was helping them beat the more-fancied sides.

‘‘Definitely Tocumwal (was the toughest game) and the Deniliquin game didn’t feel anything like an 18-goal win,’’ she said.

‘‘We haven’t played Waaia and we’ll get that chance in the next few weeks.

‘‘We’re a pretty similar team to last year, with a few players in from pregnancies and injuries. I think all our players enjoy playing with each other and have some fun on Thursday and Saturday nights.’’

Among the standouts has been shooter Rhiannan Maxwell, with Chelsea McNamara, Nat Tremble and Abby Wilson other stars.

Next up is Katamatite on Saturday and it looms as a game the gritty Redeyes might fancy a lop-sided win in.

‘‘It will be tough, we don’t really know a lot about them because we haven’t played them in (10) years,’’ Cochrane said.

‘‘But we haven’t been closing games that well and we haven’t been winning by that much. We’re never really worried about losing late in these games, we’ve kept our composure and that’s allowed us to come out with wins.’’

●In the round’s other fixtures, Tocumwal and Deniliquin will square off in a game that promises fireworks.

The 7-1 Bloods perhaps enter as slight favourites against the in-form Rovers.

Katunga will be expecting a good result when it faces Mathoura, while Berrigan will look to make it two wins in a row against Rennie.

Picola United should prove too good for Yarroweyah while Strathmerton will need to be on its toes to stay with dangerous Waaia.