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Tigerettes challenge best side

By Campaspe News

THE final scoreboard doesn’t always tell the full tale.

Rochester’s A grade netball team was the prime example of that on Saturday.

Despite falling to locals rivals Echuca by 12 goals in the opening round of the Goulburn Valley League season, there are plenty of positives for the Tigerettes moving forward in 2019.

‘‘I was really pleased with how the girls performed — the margin at the end of the game didn’t reflect their efforts,’’ coach Linda Rasmussen said.

‘‘In the end we probably just let ourselves down with a few silly mistakes but that’s an issue we can fix going forward.

‘‘We’ve been focusing on improving our composure with the ball and being under pressure against a good side is only going to make us better in the long run.’’

Playing against the reigning premier was always going to be tough, but despite the challenge several Tigerette cubs stood tall.

‘‘All of the girls should be really proud of how they handled themselves,’’ she said.

‘‘Morgan Dingwall was hugely influential with her shooting and Ellie Cuttris was consistent all day.

‘‘Ella Roulston deserves a special mention, she is only 16 and was extremely nervous before the game.

‘‘Against the best team she showed that she belongs at this level.’’

With development the key for a young group this season, continual improvement is coach Linda Rasmussen’s main focus.

The next step on that journey will see Rochester travel to Euroa who will almost be looking for their first win of the season.

‘‘I’m really confident that we can get the points,’’ Rasmussen said.

‘‘We’re a really young side but the girls should have plenty of confidence to be able to match it with the best teams.’’