MAFFRA’S A grade side managed to keep afloat for the majority of its match against Moe, but came undone in the final quarter during round 16 of Gippsland League netball.
Going goal-for-goal in blowy conditions at Moe, shooters on both sides had trouble with accuracy, giving their respective defenders a field day on the rebounds.
The Lions’ shooters managed to thread crucial goals when they needed them most, defeating Maffra 40-31.
The Eagles hungrily welcomed back experienced goal defender Julia Hibma after a notable absence from the team since round 10, as she made major damage to Moe’s capable offence, plucking off anything within an arm’s reach.
Down the opposite end of the court, goal attack Coco Henry and work horse Abbey Gray also gave the Lions’ defence trouble, but lofty passes and multiple rebounds played into the hands of a taller Moe defence.
This weekend, the Eagles will face third-placed Drouin at home, in what could be a heated and physical repeat of round eight.
In other games, Leongatha doubled Sale’s score 65-32, Morwell defeated Wonthaggi 39-23, while Traralgon continued their dream run into finals, thrashing Bairnsdale 74-29, and, on Sunday, Drouin defeated Warragul 71-49.