Maryborough’s A grade netball coach Tracie Dix says her side has nothing to lose this weekend as it prepares to face Golden Square in round 17 of the Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The Magpies have found them-selves relying on the results of other matches to determine their chances of making a finals appearance in 2013 after missing the chance to secure a top five position when they lost to the then winless South Bendigo side in round 14.
“We started off really well in the first five minutes against South,” Tracie said of the side’s shock loss to the bottom placed Bloods.
“We had a five to seven goal gap and I think our girls just relaxed a little bit and thought that was just going to continue.
“Then the rain set in and we didn’t adjust to the conditions as quickly as South did.”
Due to that loss Maryborough now sit in fifth position on the ladder, just 0.15 percent above their nearest rivals Castlemaine.
This now means the Magpies are now relying on Castlemaine to lose their two remaining matches to make finals.
“Our fate is really in the hands of other teams, so we really have nothing to lose this week and everything to gain and that’s how we are taking it,” Tracie said.
“Having the pressure off might be a benefit to us because when we have been under pressure, such as when we played Golden Square last time for second spot, we failed, and when we had pressure to beat South by a big margin we failed again.
“So we’re taking the pressure off and hopefully the girls will respond.”
In their first encounter with Golden Square this year Mary-borough suffered one of their biggest losses of the season, being beaten by 34 goals at My Jet Oval.
“I think the main problem in that game was that we didn’t adjust to the wet conditions,” Tracie said.
“It was the same thing against South the other weekend, once the rain set in, we were still passing long and across court and not playing a short and tight game.”
It’s been a disjointed and frustrating run into finals for Maryborough, playing one game in three weeks due to the split round and the bye forced by Kyneton not fielding an A grade side.
Tracie admitted that the frequent breaks were not ideal for her side.
“If you reflect over the whole season, every time we have had a split round or bye we’ve come back and have played terribly,” Tracie said.
“We trained on Saturday and we have tried to keep it as normal as possible and I’m hoping that will change our fortunes.”
Despite a tough match against the fourth placed Sandhurst to finish the season and a clear three-win gap between the fifth placed Maryborough and the top four teams, Tracie remains confident that if her team makes the finals they can push any side.
“I think if we play at our best for the 60 minutes we or any of the top six teams could beat each other,” Tracie said.
“I think that has already been proven in some of the results getting around.”