Rumba continues to rise

By Tyler Maher

From a winless campaign to top of the Murray Netball League table in less than half a season.

That is what Rumbalara has achieved so far this year under Jess Bamblett.

As well as marshalling her troops into one of the most potent outfits in the competition in the space of one summer, Bamblett also leads her side’s defensive end on game day.

Her presence has contributed to Rumba securing the second best defensive record in the league to date, while the work of the likes of Rianne Hood in attack has seen the squad score 365 goals in just eight games.

But Bamblett put her team’s current vein of form down to an all-round team effort.

‘‘We are all pretty stoked with the start to the season,’’ Bamblett said.

‘‘We’re just trying to stay humble and not get ahead of ourselves, but the club is pretty happy with where we’re at and it’s an amazing feeling coming from no wins.

‘‘It has been a real team effort, the shooters are doing their job, the defenders are doing their job and so are the mid-courters.

‘‘I’m very proud of the girls at the moment and I hope we can keep going.’’

Rumba faces a trip to Cobram today and must win to remain in top spot.

‘‘Cobram is always a tough game,’’ Bamblett said.

‘‘We’ll just stick to our game plan and if we do that it should be enough to get the win.’’

The Tigers have won five games in a row and have climbed to fifth on the table.

●The rest of the round nine action promises to be just as exciting.

Undefeated Deniliquin hosts Mulwala looking to extend its winning streak, while Moama faces Congupna in a match which will be closer than form suggests.

At Katandra Recreation Reserve, Numurkah is set to do battle against the Kats, and Nathalia will travel to Tungamah in search of a winning feeling.

Finley and Barooga need a win to remain in touch with the top sides when they play each other, while it will be a clash of the Eagles at Central Park when Shepparton East welcomes Echuca United.