Defeats for Sale and Maffra in Gippsland League netball

Maffra wing attack Grace Ronchi prepares to fire a pass to her goal shooter during the Eagles' loss to Wonthaggi. Photo: Sam Crothers

DROUIN jumped into the Gippsland League A grade netball top five with an impressive 46-34 win over Sale.

With the Hawks in control for the majority of the match, the Magpies had no answers for the class and experience of the home side.

Kym Diston and Karina Proctor were the stand-outs for the Hawks, while Jenny Wrigglesworth and Kasey Dessant were gallant for the Magpies.

Wonthaggi registered its first win of the season with a hard-fought 40-31 triumph in Maffra.

In what was a tight tussle for the majority of proceedings, the fitness of the Power would see it break away late and spoil the Eagles’ momentum following their upset victory at Traralgon last week.

Alice Lindsay, Jessica McRae and Courtney Brann were the Power’s best players, while Eliza Osborn, Abbie Ross and Jasmine Schellen battled hard for Maffra.

Morwell was unable to celebrate Courtney Garth’s 200th game with a win, falling a goal short of the undefeated Leongatha, 38-37.

Trailing by four goals at half-time, a third quarter Parrots blitz proved to be the difference, winning the term by seven goals to take a crucial lead into what was a see-sawing final stanza.

Traralgon recorded its first win of the season with a convincing 57-31 win over cellar-dweller Bairnsdale.

The Maroons led from start to finish, with the best efforts of the Redlegs unable to faze the previously out of form Traralgon side.

Best for Traralgon were Stacey O’Brien, Rebecca Jennings and Amy Harrison, while Isla Pearson and Allison Dwyer were the stand outs for Bairnsdale.

On Sunday, Moe scored an impressive 46-32 win against Warragul.

Star attacker Taylin Gourley was in sublime form, scoring 42 of the Lions’ goals, while Ramayer Gourley was best-on-court.

The loss was the first for Warragul this season, but Kate Steel and Alexandra Cole battled hard. – Zac Standish

NGFNL

WOODSIDE maintained top spot on the North Gippsland netball ladder on percentage following a convincing 68-17 win over Gormandale on Saturday.

The Wildcats had few problems in registering their fourth win in five starts.

The success keeps Woodside ahead of nearest rivals Rosedale and Sale City, both of whom won on Saturday.

Rosedale played out a thriller against Heyfield, winning by a solitary goal, 32-31.

Star performer Linley Bertacchini was best for the Blues, which did just enough to ensure they remain unbeaten in 2021.

Despite the defeat, Heyfield should take plenty of confidence it can match the competition’s premier side and will look to turn the tables when the sides meet again later in the season.

Sale City shook off a determined Yarram, 44-32, to also sit on 16 points.

Churchill moved up to fourth place thanks to an impressive 61-21 defeat of Traralgon-Tyers United.

Yallourn-Yallourn North scored its first win of the season, defeating Cowwarr 50-30. It was the first success for the Bombers’ netballers since crossing to the North Gippsland competition.

Glengarry had the bye.

EGFNL

ORBOST-Snowy Rovers spoiled Stratford’s East Gippsland netball premiership celebrations with a one-goal victory on Saturday.

Before the match at Stratford, the Swans unfurled their 2019 premiership flag, which was secured after defeating the Blues in the grand final.

The Blues gained some revenge for that result with a 37-36 victory to maintain their undefeated start to the season. The Swans are in fifth place on the ladder with one win and two losses.

Boisdale-Briagolong returned to the winners’ list with a 56-23 victory over Lucknow at home.

The Bombers moved into third placed on the table following their second win of the season.

Wy Yung is only side to win all three of its matches this season. On Saturday, the Tigers overcame Lakes Entrance, 36-33.

Lindenow had the bye.