State League stars divide to conquer GL

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FRESH from taking out both the open and 17 and under divisions of the region’s premier netball competition – the Eastern Region State League – the Gippsland League is expected to be stronger than ever.

“Over the past few years the league has been at its strongest; you couldn’t go to a game expecting to win and this year will be no exception,” Gippsland League netball spokesperson Donna Naismith said.

After upsetting the favourite and reigning champion Sale to win its first A Grade premiership last year, Morwell will be back to defend its title.

It will be without wing defence Laura Fleming, who will play B Grade until she heads overseas.

However the Tigers have lured Sam Pearce back from Moe and Kim Inglis will step up from B Grade.

While clubs are keeping their cards close to their chest, Sale and Bairnsdale are expected to once again to be strong, while there are some new faces at Traralgon.

In a huge coup for the competition Warragul will field an A Grade team, after falling short on numbers last year.