Terang Mortlake looks to influence Hampden open grade top five

LEAPING BACK IN: Terang Mortlake regains goal defence Kelly Mullen for Saturday's clash with Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone
LEAPING BACK IN: Terang Mortlake regains goal defence Kelly Mullen for Saturday's clash with Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone

FINALS may now be out of the equation for Terang Mortlake’s open grade netballers, but coach Kerrie Crawley hopes they can still have an influence on September.

The Bloods mentor knows her side can still shape the make-up of the top five, starting with their game against Warrnambool at D.C. Farran Oval on Saturday.

Terang Mortlake took the honours in their earlier encounter at Reid Oval in what then seemed an upset result, but was actually an indication of the proud young side’s potential.

“They’ve pushed all the top sides – even against Koroit, we were alright for the first half,” Crawley said.

“We’re not playing bad netball, it’s just that finishing off (that we lack). We just don’t know how to win – we’re so close every week.”

The team will be bolstered by the return of experienced Kelly Mullen, who will be a steadying influence for the Bloods’ young defence.

Crawley was hopeful of seeing her charges produce a similar performance to their last against the Blues.

“We had a great game against them last time, so hopefully it’s not a let-down,” she said. “We’ve got Aimee (Moloney) and Kelly (to lead us). Aimee is a great leader and very, very good with encouraging the team.”