Bulldogs let lead slip for 2nd draw

WODONGA has given up a six-goal lead at three-quarter-time to share the points with a hard finishing Yarrawonga.

It was the second draw in five rounds for the Bulldogs.

Wodonga had held the advantage at the first three breaks but the Bridget Cassar-inspired Pigeons were able to level the scores 56-56 in atrocious conditions at John Flower Oval.

In a high scoring, free flowing game in the rain, Bulldogs and Pigeons’ shooters were on song.

Coach Kylie Murphy said they were disappointed to let the game slip.

“It was a great game despite the weather — high intensity, quality netball,” she said.

“But it wasn’t one or two things that failed in the last quarter, it was a number of small errors that all added up in the end.

“At one point in the third quarter it felt like we could run away with it but you can’t underestimate a side like Yarrawonga.

“Bridget Cassar really stood up in the last quarter and lifted the entire team.”

Murphy made no apologies for targeting the 198-centimetre Cook as their goal scorer.

“There was such a mismatch in height that we just decided to make Jane our target,” she said.

“But that doesn’t happen without the midcourters who had to work hard all day and against a particularly tight defence all the way down the court.

“Liona Edwards was good as always, while Sarah Thomas was also tireless.”

Meanwhile, Lavington has built on its perfect start to the season with a hard fought 16-point win against the Tigers at Albury Sportsground.

The reigning premiers were challenged but responded in the final quarter to run out 45-29 winners and make it five out of five.

Coach Brooke Spinelli said the rain had slowed the tempo of the clash.

“We had to adapt to the conditions because there were things that weren’t working for us early in the game.

“To do that is a credit to the girls and the team as a whole,” she said.

“But it was important that we got the job done and despite Albury getting within six points we were able to respond and come away in the last quarter, so we’ll take that out of the game as well.

“We know that we are the hunted and are wary of every team we play and that takes some adjustment too.

“I think it would have been very interesting had it been dry — Albury lost two key players the week before but I think it would have been much closer without the rain.”

Yesterday at W.J. Findlay Oval, Wangaratta Rovers scored a four-point win against rivals Wangaratta, 43-39.

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