LEETON-WHITTON'S A reserve side battled through 17 long winter rounds of netball to finish second on the home and away ladder before lockdown was implemented.
With the season hanging by a thread, the team remains hopeful they will be able to make a run for the grand final should lockdown measures be eased and the finals can get underway in some capacity.
The side is made up of a mix of youth and experience and the team had been looking forward to testing their capabilities against top-ranked MCUE in the last round.
However, lockdown came into force and this match didn't go ahead.
"We would have really liked to get that game in just to test ourselves against them because they are a very, very good side," coach Katelyn Clyne said.
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"We went into lockdown so we didn't get that last match in.
"It was really good to finish in second and I know the girls are all pretty keen to get back out there and hopefully finish off the season."
It has been many weeks since the Crows last took to the court to play and train, but Clyne said her squad had been doing the best they could when it comes to staying fit during lockdown.
"A lot of the girls are still at school, so they are young and fit, I know they've all been trying to stay as fit as possible," she said.
"It's hard when we can't be together as a team, but everyone is doing their best."
Should the finals series go ahead, Clyne was hopeful the team would pick up where they had left off.
However, that will be a daunting task for all sides, no matter how well they played throughout the year.
With so many weeks away from the game and temperatures starting to rise, it may come down to whoever can gel as a team as best as possible.
"That's going to be the key ... gelling again as a team," Clyne said.
"We were starting to do that really well just before lockdown.
The girls were playing really well." Leeton-Whitton's B grade side will also be hoping to emerge from lockdown and for community sport to be given the green light after finishing on top of their ladder.
C grade will also be in the mix after finishing fourth.
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