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Coach hopeful of upset win before season’s end

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July 12, 2017

ELMORE’S A grade is still searching for an outside chance win after it couldn’t get the upset over Leitchville-Gunbower at Elmore Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Bloods are second bottom on the ladder and are holding out for the Heathcote rematch in round 16 as their most likely opportunity for win number two.

Coach Kris Rosaia said Elmore went into the weekend’s game knowing they were a chance against fifth-placed Bombers, but were behind the ball to go down by 30 goals.

‘‘We’re still looking for that upset against one of the mid-range teams before the season ends,’’ Rosaia said.

‘‘We know on our best day we have the opportunity to do the unexpected.

‘‘It’d be great to beat Heathcote again, but we’re taking nothing for granted going into that game as we know they’re just as keen for a win as we are.’’

Leitchville-Gunbower played a much stronger game this time around and managed to break away in the second-half of the first quarter.

Elmore was chasing the lead for the remainder of the game and couldn’t make up any ground as the Bombers stormed ahead to win 61-31.

‘‘LG really stepped it up towards the end of the first half and got away from us on the scoreboard,’’ Rosaia said.

‘‘Our leads were flat this week and not as sharp and we couldn’t keep up with the rotations of LG.

‘‘Overall we probably didn’t give our goalers enough opportunity to score.’’

The Bloods were missing two of their key players on Saturday in Kelsey Niven and Shaelyn Walsh which gave an opportunity for Elly Hayes to come into the team in goals.

Emma Selisky was moved into defence, but struggled for height as the Bombers’ goalers took control of the ring and goaled accurately.

‘‘Emma’s a player who can swing into either end of the court and it gave us a good opportunity to bring Elly into goals,’’ Rosaia said.

‘‘(Hayes) shot really well and fitted into the team easily and will likely play again next week as we’ll be missing two players again.’’

Walsh and Ally Rosaia, two key shooters, would miss this week’s game against Mount Pleasant.

The Bloods had set a goal to improve on their first round results in the back-end of the season and while they didn’t improve upon their efforts against LG they were determined to even the playing field this weekend at Toolleen Recreation Reserve.

‘‘Mounts also have a few players out which could balance things on the court,’’ Rosaia said.

‘‘They’ve been steady contributors all season and are trying to keep their place in finals so will be eager for a solid win.

‘‘We’ll still be hoping for that outside chance of an unexpected win, but at the end of the day we just want to be playing nice netball and enjoying ourselves.’’

The Bloods went down to Mounts by 16 goals in round five with both teams having improved since the season onset.

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