Pies ready for “tougher” test

KEY PLAYER: Xanthea Dewez in action against Lavington last year.

WANGARATTA nearly pulled off the upset of the Ovens and Murray netball season last week, however, its coach believes tomorrow’s night clash with Lavington will be even tougher.

The Magpies faced up to reigning premier and league heavyweight Yarrawonga in the opening round and were level with the Pigeons at the final stage.

Unfortunately, the young Wangaratta team couldn’t go on with it and fell by eight goals, with coach Sue Witham believing experience was crucial for the Pigeons.

“It was probably just the experience in the end,” she said.

“We stayed with them the whole match and we didn’t look out of place.

“We moved the ball well and were quick.

“It certainly wasn’t fitness that let us down I just think their experience was the difference.”

But while the Pigeons remain the reigning premier, Witham is a fan of Lavington and believes the Panthers could be the team to knock Yarrawonga off its perch.

“For me personally, I think Lavington will be the team to beat this year,” she said.

“They were a strong team last year and I was surprised they didn’t make the grand final.

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