Taking Aim with changes

By Alex Mitchell

Katunga is inside the Picola District Netball League top four after a vital win against Strathmerton in Saturday’s round 15 action.

In a battle of two of the competition’s elite, the Swans hit their straps in the second half to pull away and beat the Bulldogs 46-37, the second time they have beaten them this season.

The Bulldogs started the game in great touch, but it forced an early tactical change from the Swans that helped them get their way into the contest.

‘‘Strathy got the jump on us and Aimee (Swans coach Aimee Sidebottom) had put it on the side before that if things weren’t working well early, there would be changes made,’’ assistant coach Dani Henderson said.

‘‘She brought herself on and ran with that seven basically for the rest of the game.

‘‘It was a really good tussle, all the match-ups were fairly even, but it felt like we wanted it that little bit more once we got a roll on, and we finished things off well.’’

Kristy Eddy returned to the line-up from a knee injury, while Brianna Armitage, Grace Kennedy and Sarah Weidemann were also impressive for the Swans.

Henderson said the Swans had fallen behind early, but worked their way into the game as their defenders adjusted to tough match-ups.

‘‘Their goalers had a really nice first quarter, I think we adjusted well defensively, they weren’t the tallest goalers but they moved really well,’’ she said.

‘‘Once we adjusted to eliminate their impact, we were able to bring the ball out of defence really well. We had some nice quick smart ball movement, and once we adjusted defensively it was turnover after turnover.’’

The win moved the Swans to fourth on the ladder with their 9-1-3 record, while Strathmerton slipped to fifth at 9-4.

●The round’s other fixtures had reigning premier Deniliquin continue to look the goods with a 42-goal demolition of Blighty.

Katamatite was also in no mood to play around, taking Mathoura to the cleaners with a 55-26 win.

Picola United was far too strong for Jerilderie in a 22-goal win, Waaia also had a good win against Berrigan 53-39, while top side Tocumwal did the job by 10 goals against Rennie.