Sale netballers still in finals mix

THE Sale 17 and under team was victorious against the inconsistent Gippsland 52-36 during round six of Eastern Regional State League netball on Friday night.

The reigning premier will be hoping to make the semi-finals, but will need to defeat favourite Alberton this Friday night during the final round.

Mid Gippsland had an easy 59-19 win over East Gippsland, but its players still need to do some work around their ability to concentrate for the full match heading into finals. This week, Mid Gippsland will meet Gippsland and if it keeps its focus should go into finals on the back of a win.

Alberton continued to dominate, eventually breaking free from the persistent North Gippsland to win 51-43.

THE top four teams in the open division cannot be knocked-out, but their positions on the ladder are not secure.

While there were no upsets, surprisingly East Gippsland struggled to shake off its younger opponent, Mid Gippsland White.

With only a six-goal lead going into the final quarter, East made hard work of a match it should have won confidently. In a low scoring match, 40-34 in East’s favour.

All credit should go to Mid Gippsland White, who, although made unforced errors as it tired, has been the big improver of the open division and should take a lot of confidence from the match when it takes on Churchill tonight in what will be the final match of the season for both teams.

East really needs to search deeply within if it wants to find the brand of netball which had it in second place but will have its work cut out this Friday night against Gippsland, who is determined to go into the final series on a high.

Sisters Stacey and Kylie O’Brien were on opposing teams last week with Stacey’s Gippsland team doing it easy over Churchill, winning 67-29.

Alberton had a slow start against North Gippsland, but lifted in the second half, amassing 35 goals to eight to more than double North’s score to win 60-29. This may be just enough to help Alberton, who will have the bye this week, secure second place on the ladder.

Mid Gippsland Green will return to the competition this Friday night after a bye and should hold top spot when it takes on North Gippsland.