EAST defeated West 81-70 in the Gippsland League intraleague netball challenge at Warragul on Saturday.
With the Bendigo Football-Netball League opting to only send a senior football team to this year’s interleague clash, the Gippsland League staged an intraleague contest to ensure a representative netball fixture for the calendar.
The open match split Gippsland League’s 10 clubs along geographic lines, with Sale’s Amelia Charlton playing for East.
East settled quicker, which showed on the scoreboard at the first break.
East’s mid-court of centre Stacey O’Brien, wing attack Rachael Allison and goal attack Sam Pearce worked with great speed and agility, feeding the ball into tall shooter Ramayer Gourley, whose accuracy and strength in the circle was supreme.
The west defensive unit of Kym Diston, Taylah Bell and Maddy Stevenson worked hard to create some turnovers to keep it out of the goal circle.
West goal attack Kate McCarthy proved herself early, taking some great shots, and the movement of the ball from Tomi Cook in the centre and wing attack Christie Edwards was purposeful.
Shooter Courtney Brann stepped up into the open squad for the day and, after a shaky start, settled well in the second quarter in which she shot beautifully.
The defence from the east with Caitlan Ponton, Courtney Garth, Amelia Charlton and Lexi Bowe applied great pressure to disrupt the West’s forward thrusts.