Mathoura seeking improvement against Katunga

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Clearing the ball: Mathoura faces Katunga in this weekend’s football. Photo: Steve Huntley Photo by Steve Huntley

Closing in on the halfway mark of the Picola and District Football Netball League season, Mathoura is toiling away hard.

The Timbercutters are coming off a pair of successive 150-plus-point defeats, and the club looks set for another tough assignment this Saturday.

Following its 172-point loss to Katamatite in round eight, the Timbercutters make the trek out to Katunga to face the seventh-placed Swans as they continue to battle injury.

Mathoura looks set to lose more personnel for the clash, including forward Zak McGregor with a knee injury sustained against the Tigers.

Despite a difficult run, Timbercutters coach Stan Gilday admits it will be a case of short-term pain for long-term gain as the club seeks its second win of the season.

“As I say, I can only ask the boys to keep doing what they’re doing and the improvement will come,” Gilday said.

“It’s just a case of plugging away.”

Mathoura notched its sole win against Yarroweyah in round five, and a match-up against the winless Blighty next week may provide an opportunity for the young Timbercutters brigade to test their mettle.

But for now, Mathoura will shape up against a Swans outfit looking for its fifth win of the season.

Similarly, Mathoura’s A-grade netball squad is looking for redemption of its own following a heavy defeat to Katamatite.

Rita Howard’s side is looking to rebound from a 50-goal defeat to the Tigers, and will get its chance against the side directly above on the ladder in the Swans.

The Timbercutters and Swans find themselves just one game outside the PDNL top eight, and the clash will provide an opportunity to break into the finals reckoning.