MAFFRA A grade players have been left reeling from a strange loss to Warragul in round 13 of Gippsland League netball at the weekend.
In a game of upsets, including only playing with six on the court when injury struck down two players, the Eagles fought it out to lose 58-40.
After an ankle injury left goaler Coco Henry benched, twice, the shooting combination of under 17 regular and best-on Emerson Connolly together with B grade fill-in Mikahla Callahan proved profitable for the Eagles, immediately clawing back some lost goals with accurate shooting.
Connolly effortlessly transitioned to goal attack from her usual defending role, putting away goal after goal and chasing up what little she missed.
In turn, Callahan was particularly effective when blood rule sidelined her final quarter goal attack, valuable B-grade all-rounder Alex Gallatly, still managing to slot in goals solo and hold off two defenders.
Unfortunately for Maffra, the Warragul goalers had a field day, making the most of any turnovers with speed and steadfast accuracy, overwhelming Maffra's defence.
After a few rounds hurting without some key players, the girls will be looking forward to a full team this weekend away at Wonthaggi.
SALE was outclassed by third-placed Morwell, and has fallen to last place on the ladder as a result.
Low on players, Sale quickly succumbed to Morwell's precision in goals and vigilant defence, and were overrun by the skilful Tigers 80-33.
The Magpies will travel to Warragul this weekend, to face off an inflated Gulls side still coming down from their win.
IN other games, Bairnsdale drew with Wonthaggi at home 50-50, second-placed Drouin only just scraped past a fifth Moe side 56-54 at home, and Leongatha didn't give Traralgon much hassle as Maroons won 70-39.