SALE’S 17 and under team held off a final quarter challenge to defeat East Gippsland 39-55 to post its first win of the Eastern Regional State League netball season.
Both sides were looking to notch their first win of the season during the match played at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex in Sale on Sunday.
East Gippsland took its highly fancied opponent by surprise, leading for most of the match.
Sale’s coach made a number of changes during the main break, seeing her team keep East to only four goals to its 10 to take the lead at the final change. East Gippsland was determined to take back the lead during the fourth quarter, but an untimely injury to the East goal shooter put a stop to its challenge with Sale winning by four goals.
East Gippsland defender Sally Deller being named best-on-court.In the other game played on Sunday at Sale, East Gippsland’s open team maintained it unbeaten run, defeating a lack-lustre North Gippsland 65-28.
East settled in slowly as both teams went goal-for-goal in the first quarter, but, as expected, East soon lifted its pace gradually, and increasing its lead.
As has been the case so far this season, Katherine Bulmer was relentless in leading the defence in stunning style, named best player.
ON Friday night, Mid Gippsland must have brought some “get out of jail free” cards to Latrobe City Leisure Churchill on Friday night with its open and 17 and under teams defeating their opponents with more good luck than good management.
Mid Gippsland’s 17 and under team lacked cohesion and structure, while North Gippsland’s players executed their game plan with discipline once they settled into the match and gained confidence in their ability.
North Gippsland’s defenders were a faultless combination as they put pressure and doubt into the mind of Mid Gippsland’s towering goal shooter. Mid Gippsland’s predictable passages of play and lazy approach continued to give North opportunities which it converted well.
North went into the second half only one goal down, but unfortunately a slow start had it on the back foot and it wasn’t able to maintain the intensity, eventually going down 40-32.
In the other 17 and under match on Friday night, Alberton easily account for Gippland 53-37.
In a battle between two undefeated open division teams, Mid Gippsland Green and Gippsland went goal-for-goal in the first half with players from both teams beginning to focusing on the physical rather than the job at hand.
Mid Gippsland came out on top of the battles in the third quarter as goal attack Jess Hillier put in her second consistent perfect quarter for the match, giving her team a seven-goal lead going into the final quarter.
Gippsland coach Ebony Best kept her instructions simple, telling her team she wanted eight goals and to win. After a quarter off following a poor performance in the first half, Gippsland goal shooter Megan Rosser shot 15 goals from 17 shots, but her normally reliable teammate in goal attack couldn’t hit the target when it counted most with no goals from her three shots.
Amanda Quail was relentless in defence for Mid Gippsland, fighting her way through an injury scare.Gippsland did everything it could to follow the coach’s instructions but it was too little too late as Mid Gippsland Green won a thriller 46-45.
Alberton posted its first win of the season, defeating winless Churchill 45-43.
ALL round four matches will be played in Churchill Friday night with Sale’s 17 and under team meeting North Gippsland, while Alberton will play Mid Gippsland and East Gippsland will play Gippsland.
In the open division, Mid Gippsland White and North Gippsland will look for their first win of the season, Churchill will play undefeated Mid Gippsland Green and Alberton will meet Gippsland, while ladder leader East Gippsland will have the bye.