Lions lash Eagles

MAFFRA managed to cling on to its spot in the Gippsland League netball ladder’s top five, despite an upsetting 40-53 loss to Moe at the weekend.

A deluge of mistakes early on heavily cost the Eagles, giving the Lions a head start that Maffra could never fully recover from.

The undermanned Eagles roped in two quality fill-ins in Amelia Charlton in defence and Faith Biddle in attack, but even that couldn’t stem the Lions’ relentless goal flow.

The Lions managed to capitalise on most of their  turnovers, as their shooters slotted goals with precision accuracy.

Best on for the Eagles were Emma Allman, who played four outstanding quarters in centre and set the midcourt’s pace, and Coco Henry, who stood tall to capably negotiate Moe’s defence.

SALE suffered through another loss at the weekend, this time at the hands of southern neighbours Leongatha.

The Parrots led the Pies by 10 at half time, and despite the Pies rallying to work harder in the second half, Leongatha managed to hold on to win 52-41.

Sale’s awards went to Mia Simmons, who defended well, and Jenny Wrigglesworth, who had a big day after playing a full game of under 17s.

The Pies are joined at the bottom of the ladder by Wonthaggi, recording a win each.

On Saturday, local rivals Sale and Maffra will face each other in the battle of the birds’ Footprints Foundation round.

IN other matches, Warragul just inched ahead of Bairnsdale 45-48, Wonthaggi were overrun by Drouin 48-59, and ladder-leaders Morwell defeated Traralgon in a gripping 42-39 victory.