AFTER a weird weekend of upsets and surprises across A grade, a win at Bairnsdale has solidified Maffra’s spot in third on the Gippsland League netball ladder.
Coming off a loss against first-placed Morwell at home, Maffra gelled well from the outset, and led the entirety of the game to beat the Redlegs 48-38.
Accuracy, height and an appetite for goals in the Eagles’ ring proved the difference, and saw a shift in the side’s regular reliance on defence.
Once she found her voice, Natalie Allman capably controlled the midcourt, outrunning her opponents and timing her leads with pinpoint accuracy — not to mention a cheeky intercept or two.
After a interleague round bye, the Eagles will meet Warragul, and feel the loss of captain Paige Biddle, after an off-court parkour incident resulted in a broken wrist and a six week sideline.
SALE did not take its new-found confidence with it on the road to south Gippsland on Saturday, as Wonthaggi managed to pull off an unexpected thumping.
Wonthaggi, which hadn’t recorded a win yet, came out of the gates firing, and managed to overrun the Magpies 45-26 in a rigorous run of productive final quarter scoring.
Wing attack Tori Dessent, goal keeper Ruby Phillips and goal attack Jenny Wrigglesworth were the Magpies’ best players.
With one win each on the board, Wonthaggi and Sale are now in ninth and 10th places respectively.
After the bye, Sale will face Bairnsdale and will be hoping to bring some of their previous home-ground form to the table.
IN other matches, Morwell defeated Moe 49-45, Warragul fell to Leongatha in an update 41-36, and, coming off a loss to last-placed Sale, Drouin, in all its unpredictable glory, drew with Traralgon 57-57.