Tough test on the court for Tigers

By Tyler Maher

Cobram faces one of the toughest tests in the Murray Netball League today.

The Tigers have compiled a stellar season on the region’s courts this year, with a record of 8-3 from 11 matches, seeing them in fifth spot on the ladder, but have yet to prove their collective mettle against the top sides of the competition.

From four fixtures against fellow top-eight teams this year, Cobram has beaten only Barooga (eighth) back in round one.

It makes today’s clash against Deniliquin (second) even more important for Jacquie Ryan’s troops if they are to stake their claim for a top-four finish come finals time.

‘‘They’re a pretty strong team at both ends of the court,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘It’s going to be very tough, and for some unknown reason we never seem to play well against Deni.’’

The Tigers comfortably defeated Finley by 16 goals last week and the outfit will look to carry that momentum forward into today’s match.

‘‘If we play like we played (last week) we’ll be right up there with them,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘It was just important to win those games against teams below us, and now we need to work out a way to match it against the top teams.’’

Lily Murphy dominated against the Cats, but her performance came at a cost after sustaining a hand injury.

Jo Burke and Tessa Bruni were also standouts against Finley and will have to shine even brighter against the Rams if Murphy is not fit to play.

Deniliquin had a day out against Shepparton East last round and will head into today’s fixture as a warm favourite.

●Other matches will take place on the courts of Barooga, Moama, Finley, Numurkah, Shepparton East and Rumbalara.

Mulwala faces the Lions, Echuca United does battle with the Magpies, Congupna takes on the Cats, Tongala clashes with its fellow Blues, Katandra travels to Shepparton East and Nathalia will attempt to contain Rumba, while Tungamah has the bye.