Maffra builds momentum

MAFFRA came away from the weekend with local bragging rights, defeating Sale 36-23 in Gippsland League netball on Sunday.

Continuing their winning streak momentum into round 12, the Eagles took flight first in the Battle of the Birds, to Sale’s detriment.

After a stellar first quarter, the Eagles were hard to catch, and while the Magpies scored consistently to average seven goals a quarter, it just wasn’t enough to close in on the runaway visitors.

Goalers up either end had trouble, with 70 kilometre an hour winds playing havoc with shooting statistics across the board.

It was a defender’s day out, with strong defensive play from each side resulting in plenty of turnovers.

Best-on-court for Maffra, goal keeper Sarah Luke reeled in wind-blown stray lobs, rebounds and forced held balls, while fellow defender Montana Holmes earned the Pam Birss Memorial Award for her impressive contribution.

Jenny Wrigglesworth and Kristy Glover were Sale’s best players.

On a day designed to create awareness of local charity Footprints Foundation, the home team donned specially designed pink uniforms, but it was the Eagle’s skipper Emma Allman who came away with the Footprints Foundation Medallion.

Footprints supports local women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and their families.

IN other matches, there were no major surprises.

Morwell defeated Bairnsdale 46-26, Traralgon overcame Moe in a close game 45-41, Warragul managed a six-goal winning margin over Drouin, 46-40, and Leongatha left Wonthaggi in its dust, winning 49-25.