Eagles break drought

THE drought is over for Maffra, as it managed to topple Wonthaggi by three goals in round 12 of Gippsland League netball.

After losing four crippling matches in a row, slipping from third to fifth and losing a couple of players to injury, the Eagles secured a crucial win against the Power away at the weekend.

The Eagles led throughout, but the home side wasn’t willing to give up without a fight, clambering back on top by three goals early in the final quarter.

Maffra rallied, and through effective defensive pressure, managed to convert most turnovers to put itself back in the lead by the final whistle.

For the second week in a row, Maffra under 17 players Leyla Berry and Abbey Pleydell capably stepped up to the task under the ring, goaling with precision despite the nightmare conditions for shooters.

Natalie Allman controlled the ball in midcourt, steadying the pace and persisting despite a troublesome ankle, and Taylah Ballinger fed the shooters with patience around the ring — both players earning themselves a spot on the Eagles’ best-on-court list.

This weekend, Maffra faces Leongatha at home, and will be looking to notch another win, as only percentage separates Maffra and sixth-placed Warragul from a finals spot.

TRARALGON was too strong for Sale, the home side suffering a 49-32 loss at the hands of the Maroons on Saturday.

Gradually restrengthening, the premiership Traralgon side has languished in recent rounds, missing the likes of key players such as Maddie Stockdale. The Maroons had no such misfortune on Saturday, with Stockdale one of the side’s match winners.

Cait Pontin and Bec Jennings also worked hard for the Maroons.

Sale fought the game out well in the final quarter, but even consistent defensive pressure from goal keeper Ruby Phillips, determined legs from Kristy Glover in centre and continued good form from wing attack Tori Dessent couldn’t redeem the Pies.

After the bye, Sale will meet top of the ladder, Morwell.

IN other matches, Morwell doubled Leongatha, 40-20, Drouin only just overcame Bairnsdale 55-50 and in a thriller, Moe was overrun by Warragul by just two goals, 31-29.