One that got away

By Riverine Herald

FAIL to take your opportunities and you’ll pay.

Across all codes of sport, you will read about it each and every day.

Mathoura were a victim of that on Saturday against Katamatite as they fell 37-34.

Despite outstanding efforts at the defensive end, it was in attack where the Timbercutters undid all of their hard work.

As the final siren sounded, the home side had missed 30 shots, a figure which didn’t replicate the team’s performance.

‘‘It just wasn’t our day under the ring,’’ club president Melyssa Banks said.

‘‘The girls did extremely well to create opportunities.

‘‘But we just let ourselves down with our shooting.’’

Despite the devastating loss, all of the signs are pointing in the right direction following the opening game of the season.

‘‘Defensively the girls were outstanding,’’ Banks explained.

‘‘The pressure they applied on the ball was great, Kata didn’t have much time and space.’’

The off-season saw big changes at Mathoura as several players made the step up from B grade to the top level.

‘‘The team is still going through a bit of a teething period,’’ Banks said.

‘‘Rohan is an excellent coach and he has got the girls playing an exciting style.

‘‘Once they’ve gelled I think they will give a lot of teams some trouble.’’

Despite having a bye in the opening round of the season, Mathoura will need to wait two weeks for their next game due to the Easter break.

When they return to action they will travel to take on Picola United.