Eagles return to top five

Maffra A grade captain Emma Allman fires off a pass.
Maffra A grade captain Emma Allman fires off a pass.

MAFFRA has slid back into the Gippsland League netball top five, after a riproaring win over Wonthaggi on Saturday.

The Eagles were focused from the first whistle, and by the final, had managed to record a staggering 51-goal win over the visiting Power.

Maffra was determined not to let Wonthaggi get the better of it, as they almost did in round six when the two teams battled rain and slippery terrain more than they did each other, and Maffra only scraped away with a four-goal winning margin.

This time it was ideal conditions, and the Eagles never dipped - particularly in their defensive end, where Wonthaggi had troubles feeding the ball past Montana Holmes, the Eagles' best-on-court.

Up the other end, goaler Abbey Pleydell was just as effective, slotting goal after goal with ruthless accuracy to put the Eagles firmly out of reach by half time.

Sale A grade captain Morgan Mayne passes against Bairnsdale.

Sale A grade captain Morgan Mayne passes against Bairnsdale.

FURTHER east, Sale recorded an impressive win over Bairnsdale on Sunday.

The Magpies led the entire game, playing mature netball, to notch a 51-36 win over the Redlegs, bettering its round one winning margin of eight goals.

Sale had outstanding play in every third, with goal defence Olivia Barnett, centre Tori Dessent and goal attack Jenny Wrigglesworth taking out the honours for the Magpies.

Bairnsdale named centre Matilda Alvin and wing attack Tyler Alvin as its best.

IN other matches, an in-form Warragul toppled Leongatha 58-42 and Moe overran Drouin in a high-scoring affair - 73-57.

THIS Sunday, Maffra and Sale will both be looking to maintain their momentum as a matter of pride, when the rivals face each other in the Battle of the Birds at Sale Oval from 2.15pm.

In round three, the Eagles topped the Pies by 11 goals, but the young Sale side are gelling well in the second half of the season, and will be more of a threat this time around.

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