Unlucky Barooga edges closer to maiden victory

By Cobram Courier

Barooga is edging closer to its first A-grade win in the MNL season after going down to Tongala by just three goals.

While a 0-5 start to the season makes for grim reading for Barooga fans, co-coach Taylah Hazelman said out of those five games, the Hawks have played three of the top four teams on the ladder and have pushed those teams to the last whistle without getting the chocolates.

For the young coach, it has been easy to pinpoint one of the major reasons they are not winning and that has been their slow starts to games.

‘‘Again this week we started slow,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘We are setting ourselves to be seven or eight goals down and chasing for the remainder of the game and we actually won the last half of the game against Tongala and had we not been eight goals down in the beginning, we would have won.

‘‘We are not putting four good quarters together and that’s what we need to do in order to win those games.’’

Hazelman said she and her sister and fellow coach Sharni had been unable to put a finger on why the Hawks had been starting so slowly.

‘‘We spoke about how we needed to come out firing before the game and we tried to pump each other up but just basic errors like throwing away balls and turning the ball over in defence cost us,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘They had a zone set-up and we couldn’t break through it. In A-grade netball, we should be able to bring the ball out of defence easily.’’

Barooga will not get a better chance to break its duck this season than when it takes on bottom-of-the-ladder side Nathalia this weekend.