Early taste of netball finals

IN an early taste of the North Gippsland netball finals, four weeks out, second-placed Churchill overcame third-placed Traralgon-Tyers United at home.

The Cougars held a four-goal lead at the first change, one which they increased throughout the contest. The home side led by 11 at the final change before going onto record a 14-goal victory along with a mental edge come the first week of finals.

Sitting outside the top five and at risk of missing the finals, Gormandale came out strong from the first whistle against Sale City. The Tigers were simply sublime as they substantially bolstered their percentage, which may prove advantageous in them snatching fifth position.

Ladder leader Rosedale made light work of Woodside, winning 52-17.

Cowwarr held onto fifth position with a 16-goal victory over Boisdale-Briagolong, while Glengarry continued its impressive form with a 39-27 victory at Heyfield.

IN the Gippsland League, Maffra’s A grade side was not in action as Moe has not fielded a team this season. In the first half of a split round, Drouin defeated Leongatha 57-50 and defeated Warragul 50-27.

Sale will host Morwell next weekend.

IN East Gippsland netball, Stratford remains level with ladder leader Lakes Entrance after a 54-36 win over Lindenow. Lucknow defeated Wy Yung 36-34 and Paynesville defeated Orbost Snowy Rovers 43-37.

For more scores and ladders read Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.