AFTER impressive finals wins over Wonthaggi, Drouin and Traralgon, Sale went down fighting in a high standard Gippsland League A grade netball grand final win.
Leongatha held on to defeat Sale 48-39.
Midway through the first quarter Sale led 8-6, but Leongatha fought back to lead 13-10 at the first change.
Leongatha was still leading at half-time, with Sale pressing the Parrots’ experienced defenders Kathy Reid, who was named best on court, Ebony Best and Laura Higgins.
Sale also had good players in defence with Mel Johnston and Clare Billings working hard to limit the scoring opportunities of Leongatha match winner Meg Rosser.
The Magpies fought back in the closing stages with midcourt players Kasey McKay, Lexie Joyce and Sarah Jolly setting up opportunities for Lara Dunkley and Georgia Andrews.
Leongatha led by 11 at the final change and Sale, to its credit, played its best netball for the match in the fourth term, outscoring the Parrots 12-10.
Magpies coach Di Jolly said after the match the future looked good for Sale with young under 17 players like Lara Dunkley, Lexie Joyce, and Montana Holmes getting valuable experience in A grade.
A STRONG second half gave Sale victory over Traralgon in the under 17 grand final. Montana Holmes, who also had court time in the A grade grand final, was named best-on-court.
SALE inflicted Traralgon’s first loss of the under 15 season, winning the grand final 34-25. Sale’s Jami Cashman was named best-on-court.
IN the under 13 grand final, Traralgon defeated Sale 36-26. Sale defender Faith Biddle was named best-on-court.
IN B grade, Leongatha came from eight goals down to defeat Traralgon 32-29 in an exciting finish with Mel Hughes of Leongatha named best-on-court.
TRARALGON won the C grade grand final 30-22 against Morwell with the Maroons’ Bree Guttridge best-on-court.
For more read Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.