TRARALGON consolidated its hold on fourth place on the Gippsland League netball ladder with an impressive 67-33 win in Maffra on Saturday.
Caitlan Ponton again played a starring role for the Maroons and Kate French proved her usual busy self. Paige Biddle and Emma Allman worked hard in a losing cause for the Eagles.
Traralgon has closed in within one game of the second-placed Leongatha, while Maffra remains in eighth spot.
Warragul enjoyed a percentage-boosting win over Sale at home.
Christie Hillberg, Kate Steel and Shannon Freeman starred as the Gulls scored a 71-21 victory.
Wonthaggi displaced Morwell from the top five with a hard-fought 39-33 victory on Saturday.
The Power set the tone early at Morwell, racing to a 12-7 lead at the first change. That advantage was extended to eight goals by the main break.
Morwell produced a more up-tempo game during the third term, cutting the deficit to four goals by the final change of ends, but the Power steadied to land a fifth win for the season.
Leongatha’s mid-season woes continued with a 45-41 loss at Drouin. The Parrots have gone from undefeated ladder leaders a fortnight ago to being in danger of relinquishing second spot to Warragul.
Ramayer Gourley scored 62 goals as Moe defeated Bairnsdale 72-33 in the clash between the league’s top and bottom sides.
Wildcats lead the way
WOODSIDE continues to lead the way in North Gippsland netball, after making it eight wins from nine matches on Saturday.
The Wildcats withstood a brave challenge from Churchill before scoring a 50-44 success.
The loss proved costly for the Cougars, who dropped from third place to fifth.
The beneficiaries of Churchill’s defeat were Glengarry and Sale City.
The Magpies shook off Rosedale, 50-44, a result which lifted them to second place on the ladder.
The Bulldogs moved to third place after registering a percentage-boosting 8-31 win over Traralgon-Tyers United.
Heyfield is now six points outside the top five after defeating Yallourn-Yallourn North 38-31.
Gormandale celebrated its first win of the season after overcoming Cowwarr 40-38 in a thriller. Despite the success, the Tigers are still on the bottom of the ladder, albeit on percentage from TTU and Cowwarr.
Yarram had the bye.
Blues win thriller
IN East Gippsland netball, Orbost-Snowy Rovers had a second narrow victory over Stratford this season.
The Blues won 42-40 at home on Saturday.
While the Blues have defeated the Swans in both encounters this season, only three goals separated the sides.
The Blues remain in second place on the ladder, while the Swans, who entered Saturday’s match following back-to-back victories, remain in fifth place, six points outside the top four.
Boisdale-Briagolong’s run of losses ended at four, after the Bombers won at Lucknow, 58-28. The victory moved the Bombers level on points with Stratford.
Wy Yung defeated Lakes Entrance 49-42 at home. The undefeated Tigers remain six points ahead of the Blues on top, while the Seagulls are now in fourth place.
Third-placed Lindenow had the bye.