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Could have, should have but did not

By Andrew Johnston

THIS could have been Echuca United’s moment.

What better way to announce that the Eagles were the real deal in the Murray Netball League this year than to take out the A grade netball game on Saturday.

It would have been perfect.

But, unfortunately, for that to happen they’d have to beat Moama.

And they didn’t.

In the end, it wasn’t even close, as the Moama juggernaut continued on its winning way.

The Magpies claimed a 19-goal win, a slight decrease on earlier this season, where the team won by 21-goals.

Coach Rohan Starkey said his side’s slow start meant they were on the back foot from the beginning.

‘‘We weren’t great coming out of the blocks,’’ he said.

‘‘It was really all Moama needed to skip away to a handy lead in the first half.’’

With some changes made during the break, the Eagles were able to play better netball in the second half.

But the first half was too big, and as is usually the case with Moama, they weren’t giving an inch of territory back.

‘‘It was definitely a better second half from us, where we showed some better intensity and passages of play, but we need to be far more consistent if we are to push a side like Moama.’

Another win for the Mowers has them retain top spot, with Rumbalara and Deniliquin also getting wins to hold spots two and three.

And thankfully for the Eagles, the loss doesn’t really hold them back too much either.

Losses to sides around them like Tongala leaves the side 7th, with a two game lead on 8th placed Barooga.

Moama will return from their interleague break in a showdown with fellow heavyweight Deniliquin, while Echuca United will now get to spend two weeks off.