THE Eastern Zone Premier Netball Competition reached the half-way mark of the home-and-away series on Friday night.
The 17 and under division match of the night was between Mid Gippsland and North Gippsland.
North Gippsland came out firing, scoring 18 goals in the first quarter, but at the other end, Mikaeli Hilliar scored 12 of Mid Gippsland’s 13 goals, only missing one shot.
Mid Gippsland’s persistence kept it in the game, but its defence struggled to match the height of North’s goalers.
Always trailing, Mid Gippsland continued to close the gap but never quite enough to edge in front, as North won 58-47.
Gippsland easily-accounted for Sale 62-14.
IN the open division, Mid Gippsland defeated Sale 66-31.
While Sale showed flashes of brilliance, Mid Gippsland’s Courtney Risol and Georgia Hutchinson were in top form.
Risol got her hand to almost every ball in the goal circle as Sale attempted to feed its goalers and Hutchinson carved up the mid court with ease.
Mid Gippsland sits second on the ladder behind Churchill-Traralgon, which remains the only undefeated team after its 43-26 victory over Bairnsdale.
IN the 15 and under matches played on Monday last week at Sale, Mid Gippsland showed strong signs of improvement against the power of Gippsland Red, Sale Black struggled to find form against Gippsland Blue, and Bairnsdale drew Sale Red.
ROUND four will be a rematch of the first round in the open division, providing Mid Gippsland a chance to seek revenge on Churchill-Traralgon at Churchill.
Sale will take on Bairnsdale at the Gippsland Regional Sporting Complex on Friday night.
The 17 and under competition will have North Gippsland taking on Gippsland at Churchill, while Sale will play Bairnsdale in Sale, and Mid Gippsland will have the bye.