Pies triumph over Traralgon

SALE defeated Traralgon in a high standard Gippsland League netball qualifying final.

The 36-30 win at Traralgon on Saturday moved the Magpies in the second semi-final against minor premier Morwell.

The Maroons led 10-6 at the first change mainly through their shooters, led by Maddie Stockdale. Close and long-range shots from Stockdale went in.

Sale hit back with two outstanding quarters.

The Magpies outscored the Maroons 11-7 in the second term to level scores at half-time.

In the third quarter, with quick movement of the ball, the Magpies scored 11 goals to 10 to lead 28-27 at the final change.

In a defence final quarter, the Magpies scored eight goals to three to win by six.

Kate Eddy and Mel Johnston were solid in defence, rebounding Traralgon shots which bounded off the ring.

Sale’s midcourt players set-up scoring opportunities for shooter Lara Dunkley and Fiona Vandersnoek.

Traralgon will meet Moe in the first semi-final on Sunday after the Lions defeated Drouin 45-42 in the elimination final at Sale.

Other grades:

B grade: qualifying final: Moe 40 d Morwell 34; elimination final: Bairnsdale 59 d Drouin 39.

C grade: qualifying final: Morwell 39 d Moe 17; elimination final: Sale 36 d Wonthaggi 34.

Under 17s: qualifying final: Traralgon 27 d Maffra 17; elimination final: Sale 41 d Bairnsdale 20.

Under 15s: qualifying final: Moe 32 d Maffra 29; elimination final: Bairnsdale 28 d Sale 25.

Under 13s: qualifying final: Wonthaggi 30 d Moe 27; elimination final: Traralgon 26 d Bairnsdale 18.

Second semi-final, Saturday at Traralgon:

A grade: Morwell v Sale, 2.15pm.

B grade: Traralgon v Moe, 1pm.

C grade: Traralgon v Morwell, noon.

Under 17s: Moe v Traralgon, 11am.

Under 15s: Traralgon v Moe, 10am.

Under 13s: Maffra v Wonthaggi Power, 9am.

First semi-final, Sunday at Morwell:

A grade: Traralgon v Moe, 2.15pm.

B grade: Morwell v Bairnsdale, 1pm.

C grade: Moe v Sale, noon.

Under 17s: Maffra v Sale, 11am.

Under 15s: Maffra v Bairnsdale, 10am.

Under 13s: Moe v Traralgon, 9am.