Timbercutters a long way off the top

By Riverine Herald

MATHOURA continues to languish at the bottom of the Picola and District Netball League after its fourth loss of the season.

The Timbercutters gifted Rennie its second win of the year on Saturday, when they secured a four-goal victory in front of the Hoppers’ home fans.

The loss to Rennie comes after a week’s rest with the bye, and before that, a five-goal win over Jerilderie at home.

Mathoura coach Kat Wippel has said in the past that most of the group are new recruits and are still learning how each other play — their strengths and weaknesses.

With two of the club’s three top shooters — Em Crocker and Maddy McKellar — still out with injuries, Wippel had to make adjustments to her side in the bye week.

The loss propels Rennie above Mathoura on the PDNL table, leaving the Timbercutters out of the finals equation in 10th.

And it gets harder before it gets easier for the Timbercutters.

Next up for Mathoura lies Waaia. The third-placed Bombers are five and one, losing only to league leaders Tocumwal in round six.

If Mathoura are to present a challenge to Waaia, the side will live in hope that Crocker and McKellar will return, and the team can put together that long-awaited four quarter performance.

Thankfully, just beyond Waaia on the horizon is Yarroweyah, the side floundering in 12th place with one win from six games.

With three games in the season so far being decided by seven or less goals, the Timbercutters must close out the tight games if they are to regain their top eight spot.

Mathoura coach Kat Wippel was contacted for comment.