Maroons too much for Magpies

JUST scraping through without lights, Sale was defeated by a tenacious Traralgon during a twilight Gippsland League netball match on Saturday.

Although Traralgon managed to double Sale’s score to win 66-33, the scoreline was not indicative of the competitiveness of the match.

Off the back of a round two 79-31 thrashing of Leongatha, Traralgon was looking to boost its confidence, and its experience as a premiership side showed against the young Sale team.

Winning the match for the Maroons were goal shooter Taylin Gourley, standing at an impenetrable six foot three and shooting a league leading 771 of the Maroons’ 1181 goals during 2017, and goal attack Maddison Stockdale, who is also known for shooting with uncanny accuracy.

As always, Stacey O’Brien in midcourt nimbly maneuvered Traralgon’s set attack plays, controlling the pace and moving the ball quickly.

Sale centre Kristy Glover had a task on her hands playing four quarters against O’Brien, but still managed her fair share of possessions against one of the league’s most talented players.

To Sale’s credit, it fought the game out, with awards going to goal shooter Hayley Castle, wing attack Tori Dessent and defender Ruby Phillips.

The Magpies’ horror end of the fixture isn’t over yet, as the girls travel to the Latrobe Valley on Saturday to play against a second-placed Morwell.

Traralgon is seemingly in preparation for a round six to nine gauntlet, where it will face off against finals favourites Drouin, Moe, Maffra and Morwell.

Next week the Maroons play Wonthaggi, who will still be licking their wounds from round three.

MAFFRA’S first home game has left it with a whiff of victory, after defeating Wonthaggi 37-25.

Increasing their lead at each break, the Eagles were there to put on a show for loyal spectators, and in the final quarter, that they did.

Play took a dramatic turn, as a Wonthaggi player was booted from the court, for not being named in the team.

As Wonthaggi crept within a possible victory resurgence, the Eagles’ play became frantic, and a couple of turnovers in the Power’s favour left the Eagles scrambling.

Determined to make a good first impression, Wonthaggi goal attack Courtney Brann and midcourter Chloe Cengia starred in their first A grade performance and let their presence be known in Maffra’s defensive half.

In response, Maffra’s defence upped its game, with long arms managing to find, pluck and snatch the ball at the right moments, denying the Power a comeback.

Sending the ball back down the other end, the Eagles navigated robust defence from Wonthaggi’s former goal attack Courtney Blair, finding their feet and managing to slot in crucial goals.

Best-on-court went to Maffra defenders Sarah Luke and Paige Biddle, whose fair share of frustrated intercepts kept the Power at bay.

The game will have bolstered Eagles’ confidence, as Maffra travel to play a seventh-placed Leongatha this week.

The Eagles’ recruit, goal shooter Meg Gordyn, and unyielding  centre Emma Allman, will be sorely missed as they abscond Gippsland League to play state level netball.

IN other A grade matches, Leongatha was defeated at home by Morwell 54-35, Warragul was overrun at home by Moe 51-43, and Drouin won at Bairnsdale 65-50.