• Winless Magpies hope to get one on the board against old foes

    HOT FORM: Amelia Gall had her best game last week.

    AFTER arguably its strongest performance of the season last round, Wangaratta is hopeful of finally getting on the board when it takes on Wangaratta Rovers in Sunday’s Ovens and Murray netball derby.
    The Magpies sit ninth on the ladder after seven rounds, their only points coming from a draw with bottom side Wodonga Raiders, but they have shown enough at various stages to convince coach Sue Witham a win isn’t too far away.
    Since going down to league powerhouse Yarrawonga by just eight goals in round one, the Magpies have been comfortably beaten by Lavington, North Albury, Myrtleford and Wodonga, drawn with Raiders and most recently lost to Albury by two goals, leaving Witham in no doubt the side is on the right track.
    “That performance against Albury is what the girls are capable of,” Witham said.
    “It’s just a matter of coming out and doing it consistently, playing that way for four quarters every week.
    “Ever since that game against Yarrawonga I’ve known what they are capable of, but we’ve just had some difficulties in goals and converting our chances.
    “But having got that close to Albury is definitely a confidence booster, and now we just need to go on with it.”

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