MAFFRA recorded its first win in Gippsland League A grade netball since June 30 with a 26-20 victory at home against Traralgon.
The win moved the Eagles past the Maroons on the ladder into sixth place, six points behind fifth-placed Wonthaggi.
With three rounds remaining, the Eagles are still in the finals race, but need to beat undefeated ladder leader Sale this Sunday to keep their hopes alive.
In the other A grade match last weekend, Morwell defeated Drouin 44-37. In the first half of the split round the previous weekend, Sale had a 44-25 win at Bairnsdale, Leongatha defeated Warragul 74-24 and Wonthaggi defeated Moe 50-20.
Ruthless front runners
THE front runners in North Gippsland netball were ruthless in their disposal of their lower ranked opponents as the fight for a top five finish intensifies.
Woodside firmed its hold on fourth position following its 23-goal disposal of Cowwarr.
Rosedale slid outside the top five following its loss to Glengarry. The Magpies fought hard in a tight physical contest to win 40-34.
Heyfield halted Traralgon-Tyers United’s winning run by three goals in an enthralling contest.
Competition leaders Churchill and Gormandale recorded big wins to sit in first and second place respectively.
Swans recover to win
AFTER trailing at quarter-time East Gippsland netball leader Stratford recovered to defeat Lucknow 47-35.
Lucknow began strongly to lead 11-6 at quarter-time before the Swans fought back to reduce the margin to two by half-time.
The Swans continued their accurate feeding to Michelle Coster and went into the final term leading by three goals. The visitors dominated the final term to win by 12.
Lakes Entrance won the other match of the round, 37-25 against Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
Lindenow, Paynesville and Wy Yung bye.