Magpies fight for grand final berth

SALE’S A grade netball side held on for a fighting win in difficult conditions in the Gippsland League second semi-final at Moe on Saturday.

Up by two goals at quarter time and the half, Sale played their best netball in the third quarter to lead by six at the last change before holding on to win by four, 45-41.

Sale coach Mel Johnston said she expected Leongatha to come back hard in the tough, physical match in difficult conditions.

Leongatha midcourt player Kath Reid, who played only three quarters, was given the best-on-court award.

Sale’s best in an even team effort were goal attack Lara Dunkley, wing attack Tori Dessent and Kasey McKay, who played in defence.

Leongatha will play in the preliminary final this Saturday at Morwell against Morwell, who defeated Drouin 56-54 in the first semi-final.

Both Sale under 17 and 15 teams were defeated by two goals in exciting finishes. In the preliminary finals, the Magpies’ under 17s will play Moe, while the under 15s will meet Wonthaggi, who defeated Maffra 33-31 in the first semi-final.

Maffra, the stand-out team in the under 13s since the midway mark of the season, defeated Sale by 13 goals in the second semi-final to move into the grand final. Maffra’s Ella Bailey was named best-on-court.

Sale will play Traralgon in the preliminary final.