Star Christina Mancuso just part of the Myrtleford puzzle

Christina Mancuso

Christina Mancuso

THE addition of former star player Christina Mancuso has Myrtleford punching above its weight rather than being the top team’s punching bag.

Coach Richard Morgan is even talking up the Savoy’s chances of a top four finish ahead tomorrow’s game against last year’s Cup winners Albury City.

But he said Mancuso, who was the competition’s star player in 2011 before moving to Melbourne, was only part of the story.

“Clearly she is a class act and perhaps one of the best players in the league,” Morgan said.

“But this has been a process that started two years ago when opposition teams scored more than 150 goals against the girls.

“We have worked on skill and fitness.

“It started to show at the end of the last season and now after six rounds we have only conceded six goals.”

Morgan said the training regime had included playing against the under-16 boys.

“They are by far and away the best side in their competition and it is a good test for the girls,” he said.

“We go to City after being pumped 11-0 by them in the first round last year.

“But we go there expecting to be competitive, with the aim of finishing in the top four this year.”