DESPITE a strong performance on Saturday, Wangaratta remains winless in Ovens and Murray netball.
The Magpies hosted finals hopeful Albury, and heading into the match they were confident that if they could put together a four-quarter performance they had a strong chance at victory.
But the Tigers did their best to put paid to that idea early on, storming to a five-goal lead at quarter time thanks to the sharp-shooting Sarah Moore and the defensive pressure of Adelle Gormly and Brigetta Hart.
Wangaratta fought its way back into the contest, however, with wings Hannah Grady and Amelia Gall leading the way.
Xanthea Dewez gave the Magpies plenty of drive out of the centre, while Emma Witham and Jess Allen were combining nicely and beginning to find their range in attack.
They outscored the Tigers 15-11 in the second quarter to head into the long break trailing by just one goal, with victory suddenly looking like a distinct possibility.
Once again Albury effectively snubbed out those hopes with a blistering third term.
Olivia Toth replaced Karlee Payne at goal attack and had an immediate impact, while Moore continued to be the focal point in the Tigers’ attack, and the lead was stretched to six goals at the final change.
From there the Magpies battled hard to get back within reach, and they outplayed the Tigers throughout the final period, but simply couldn’t overcome the deficit, going down 48-46.