Corowa-Rutherglen netballers chasing Ovens and Murray finals spot

Sophie Hanrahan has been a star for Corowa-Rutherglen this season.
Sophie Hanrahan has been a star for Corowa-Rutherglen this season.

COROWA-Rutherglen is refusing to give up hope of playing finals.

Despite being six premiership points behind fifth-placed Wangaratta with six rounds remaining, coach Georgie Bruce said the Roos were up for the fight.

They take on Lavington at Lavington Oval on Saturday, followed by North Albury, Myrtleford, Wodonga, Wodonga Raiders and Wangaratta.

“We have to play three teams above us and three below us,” Bruce said.

“They are all important games.

“We want to beat the teams we have already beaten and hope to win a game against a team above us as well.”

Corowa-Rutherglen has steadily improved in recent seasons with Ella Kingston the latest junior to step into A-grade ranks.

Sophie Hanrahan and Kiara McLean remain consistent performers while Emily Laracy and Georgie Schulz continue to impress.

“When I came to the club, it had a big clean out with a lot of girls going to uni or pursing careers elsewhere,” she said.

“We have worked hard and improved every year.

“I think our opposition would agree.

“I’m really happy with where we are but it would be even better if we were in the top five.

“The team is really young and standing up well against some strong sides.”

If Corowa-Rutherglen fail to make the finals, the Roos will rue their 40-39 loss to Albury at Albury Sportsground in round 11.

The club opened its new netball court last month with Bruce delighted with the new surface at John Foord Oval.

“It’s a ripper,” she said.

“The two-tone colours are great and it’s a lovely surface to play on.

“It’s taking a bit of time to get used to the rings being different but it’s nice to have the facilities.”

Yarrawonga take on North Albury at J.C. Lowe Oval.

Coach Bridget Cassar is expecting tough opposition from the Hoppers who have climbed into the top-three in recent weeks.

“It will be tough,” Cassar said.

“We have a bit of a different side from when we played them earlier in the season with a few injuries and planned holidays.

“It’s been a really good opportunity to rotate young players and I think 18 or 19 girls have played A grade this year which is fantastic.”

Albury’s Justine Willis will play her 200th club match against Wodonga.

Myrtleford play host to Wodonga Raiders and Wangaratta do battle with Wangaratta Rovers.