MOAMA and Tongala’s netball teams couldn’t be more different.
One is the best side the Murray Netball League has to offer, trying to reclaim some lost ground after briefly lowering their colours.
The other is a young side still figuring out who they are as a team.
And when they met the result was no surprise — Moama running out with a 43-goal victory.
Yet when the two sides walked off the court, both found themselves smiling, though for different reasons.
For Tongala, the change in attitude from round one was noticeable.
“We got a lot closer this time,” Tongala coach Caddison Mulholland said.
“It’s obviously not the result you want, but Moama are a very good side. What I loved was at the end of the game we walked off with pride, no one dropped their heads like we did after the first time we played Moama.
“It was really good that our girls were able to go all-in on the way we want to play, and while we give full credit to Moama for their performance and how well they played during the match, we take a lot of positives away from the day.”
Both teams now head into the bye, with Tongala facing Congupna after the week off.
Moama will have some challenges after the bye, with a second showdown against top side Rumbalara only three rounds away.
“I think the girls are really looking forward to the week off,” co-coach Alex Daly said.
“But we will still be working hard in the coming weeks. We know how important the next few weeks are going to be for our season as we head towards the finals.”
For Moama, they were smiling because the road back to top spot was much clearer, according to Daly.
“We were really happy with the result,” she said.
“It was a really big win for our girls, one that was a big percentage boost that moves us back into second spot.
“We knew over these few games it was going to be really important for us to keep building our percentage because (Echuca) United were going to have a few opportunities to do the same and get themselves further up.
“As a result, we need to keep pushing ourselves and continuing to get better if we want to get to where we need to be.”
For Daly, everything on the court clicked.
“We really did have a full team effort,” she said.
“Everybody played their role exactly how we wanted, and we got the result we were wanting because of the effort.”