Brave Picola United’s game foiled by late injury

By Riverine Herald

PICOLA United went shot for shot with top of the ladder Blighty right up until an injury blew their chances.

United’s seven-goal loss on Saturday was closer than it should have been for the majority of the game.

The game was end to end, with each side taking turns to dominate proceedings and shot five goals at a time.

That is, until Picola attacker Leslee Grame injured her ankle in the final minutes of the final quarter.

That is when Blighty took control of the match and finished the game in style, and left United in the dust. But Picola United coach Leesa Hooppell found many positives to take from the game, in which her side was not intended to compete for as long as they did.

‘‘It was a good game, and if we didn’t have an injury in the last quarter to our goal attack we were right there.

‘‘Overall it made a bit of difference but it was close all day. We had them in the first quarter, but we probably made a few more errors silly errors on the day across the court,’’ she said.

In the back and forth nature of the contest, United finished more down than up, but are confident they can bounce back.

‘‘They played a solid game and we were just a bit too inconsistent. There were a few times where we gave away five goals in a row and then scored five in a row.

‘‘I’m really happy with them, it was a great game to watch. They had their work cut out for them, and I think Blighty might have underestimated us a bit . . . to come within seven goals of these guys is fantastic,’’ Hooppell said.

With Grame out for an as yet unknown period of time, the side will look to get back on the wagon on Saturday against the battling Jerilderie.

‘‘We do have to refocus now, with Jerilderie this week. We won’t be underestimating them that’s for sure.

‘‘We do have a few back-ups for Leslee (Grame). And I do think that the attacking third will be a big part of our training this week,’’ Hooppell said.