Gourley guides Gippsland to victory

RAMAYER Gourley was on fire in round two of the Regional Victorian Netball League on Friday with 44 goals in three quarters to guide Gippsland to a big win over East Gippsland in the open division.

There was only one goal in it at quarter-time but Gippsland broke the game open in the second, scoring 24 goals to East Gippsland’s five.

Gippsland continued to power through the rest of the game, finishing with a strong win, 70-37.

Mid Gippsland and Morwell Indoor Red also contested a close first quarter.

Mid Gippsland struggled to gain early control and was up by just one at the first change.

Led in defence by coach Tanya Budge Mid Gippsland came out in the second quarter firing, scoring 15-6 to build a comfortable buffer going into the second half.

Mid Gippsland was up 46-28 at three-quarter-time which proved too big a margin for Morwell Indoor to reel in despite winning the final term 16-11.

Sale bested Mid Gippsland in the 19 and under division, condemning the latter to its second straight loss.

Sale came out hard in the first quarter and with Mid Gippsland looking tired and sluggish from the first whistle, the east Gippsland side marched to a four goal advantage.

Mid Gippsland came out hungrier in the second and scored seven goals to Sale’s eight.

The second-half was all Sale though, as the side ran the game out 35-26.

North Gippsland was looking to get a win on the board after a big loss to Sale the week before and faced a Gippsland outfit looking to assert itself in the competition after a bye last week.

Gippsland had a massive first quarter, leaving North Gippsland in the dust 24-9.

Gippsland powered through the rest of the game to win by 32.

Churchill basketball star Casey Sherriff was named as the coaches’ most valuable player.