A two month injury to star attacker Leslee Grame left Picola United goalless and clueless against lowly Jerilderie.
Suffering an ankle injury in Saturday’s warm up, the goal attack has since learned she will be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
But the lack of a shooter wasn’t the only thing that hindered United on the day. A gusty breeze was labelled the culprit for United missing no less than 32 shots on goal, in the 45-51 loss.
That was just before United fell six goals short of a result against previous cellar dweller Jerilderie.
It was Jerilderie’s maiden win of the season.
Picola coach Leesa Hoopell said losing Grame made the team realise what an important part of the team she is.
‘‘We went in with one of our best out for eight weeks with the injury. Going in we didn’t underestimate (Jerilderie), we knew they’d be tough but the conditions were just so windy.
‘‘And I think although we had a lot of the ball, we missed 32 shots on the day with the wind. You’d throw it up and it nearly went back over your head,’’ she said.
Hoopell said there were still positives from the match, but a replacement shooter was top of the priority list to find before this week’s match against Katamatite.
‘‘They didn’t miss their goals and we did. Our third quarter let us down. Everyone was in the same boat but I felt for our shooters, in that third term we missed about 16 shots, but we’re still positive.
‘‘We’ll come out next week firing and we had some beautiful passages of play at times but the wind was frustrating.
‘‘I think I need to bring a player in and do a bit of work and get them settled. Katamatite will be tough, with Leslee out we’re probably on par and will have to work hard,’’ she said.