Nagle claims scalp

Sales Ellen Forster is being defended by Nagles Leah Livingston during the womens match.
Sales Ellen Forster is being defended by Nagles Leah Livingston during the womens match.

NAGLE has, for the second week running, successfully tackled giants of the East Gippsland Hockey Association women's competition.

After defeating Swan Reach the previous week, Nagle had the tough ask on Saturday against second-placed Sale. Nagle proved it was up to the challenge, securing a well earned 2-0 win against last year's runner-up.

Nagle mounted plenty of pressure on its more experienced opposition, denying it possession in its attacking half.

Scores remained level at the break and although Sale created some good chances early in the second half, it was unable to convert. Nagle found the net twice deep in the match from close range.

The win sets up an exciting final two rounds of the season.

Swan Reach defeated Orbost 3-1, meaning the teams in the top four have been decided, but the final placings are yet to be confirmed.

Maffra has secured top spot of the table after Bairnsdale forfeited. Wellington had the bye.

Sale narrowly sits in second position in front of Nagle and Swan Reach in third and fourth respectively, both equal on points.

MAFFRA secured a place in the open finals for the first time since returning to the competition 10 years ago, after a strong 9-0 win over Bairnsdale.

Ladder leader Orbost had a 4-0 win over Swan Reach. The result will see Swan Reach miss the finals for the first time in over 15 years, during which it played in an impressive 10 grand finals.

Sale and Wellington had the bye.

EARLIER in the day, Sale worked hard to keep its finals chances alive in the under 13s (6-0) and under 15s (10-0) grades with strong wins over Nagle, although Orbost had an upset 1-0 victory over Swan Reach in the under 13s to make Sale's run home to sneak into the finals difficult.

In the other under 13s match, Maffra defeated Bairnsdale 6-0.

Wellington's under 15s denied Sale a finals berth with another upset win for the round in a high scoring 8-4 victory over Maffra, which lost its first game for the season.

The under 18s had expected wins by the top two teams. Sale defeated Nagle 4-0, Orbost defeated Swan Reach 8-4 and Maffra defeated Wellington 9-2.

THIS Saturday, Sale will host Swan Reach, Wellington heads to Bairnsdale, and Orbost hosts Nagle, while Maffra will have the bye.