Netball heats up

WITH the temperature reaching 35 degrees at Churchill, the heat policy was enforced for round four of Eastern Regional State League netball.

Quarters for the 17 and under games were shortened from 15 minutes to 12.

Big numbers from goal attack Livinia Ronchi helped Sale to a 32-27 win over Pakenham.

Gippsland provided the upset of the round when it trounced East Gippsland 34-18. Gippsland won every quarter against the second-placed East with goal defence Taylah Ferguson playing her best game of the season.

Mid Gippsland rebounded from its recent losses, winning it first game of the season 33-28 over North Gippsland, which has lost two out of four games.

Mid Gippsland had the game firmly in hand at quarter-time, leading by four goals.

Mid Gippsland defender Emily McInnes was named best-on-court.

Alberton had the bye.

IN the open division, Morwell Red collapsed to its second loss of the season, going down to Alberton 41-27.

Led by best-on-court Kate Sidebottom in the centre, Alberton led 7-5 at quarter-time and extended the lead to six goals in the second term before winning by 14.

Gippsland showcased its potent mix of youth and experience in a crushing 82-22 win over North Gippsland.

Gippsland attackers Raymer Gourley and Courtney Blair barely missed in the 60-goal win, while North wasted many of opportunities in defence.

Morwell Navy had the bye.

SALE will have the bye on Friday night in the 17 and under competition, with North Gippsland to play Gippsland, East Gippsland meeting Alberton and Mid Gippsland playing Pakenham.

In the open, Alberton will take on the undefeated Gippsland and the two Morwell teams will clash. North Gippsland will have the bye.