Gippsland took on Mid Gippsland in the first game of round three at Eastern Region interleague netball on Friday night.
The game showed Gippsland’s squad depth, even with its star goal shooter, Taylin Gourley, called away for Victorian Netball League duties.
Daisy Hill well and truly stepped up to the plate for Gippsland, scoring a massive 53 goals from 64 attempts.
In the first quarter her side came out with something to prove after a close game last week and they wanted to cement themselves as the team to beat.
And it showed, scoring a huge 21 goals to Mid Gippsland’s seven.
Mid Gippsland made some changes in the second quarter as coach Luana Brock instructed Emily Loh at wing defence to step up to Gippsland’s centre Stacey O’Brien and block her drive to the circle, something she’s known for and executes almost every time.
This allowed for more turn overs to Mid Gippsland and they were able to increase their quarter scoring total to 13, but Gippsland still had the upper hand sinking 19 goals in the second quarter.
In the second half Mid managed to decrease Gippsland’s quarter-on-quarter scoring with Gippy only netting 14 goals in the last.
Yet it was too little too late as Mid Gippsland struggled to score off their centre passes and gave away the ball via too many unforced errors.
In the last game of the night Sale faced North Gippsland.
North Gippsland had some players missing including their goal attack, Pheobe Escreel. While North Gippsland was firmly in control it lacked punch in the attacking line.
Sale started slow going into the quarter-time break nine goals down, but matched them in the second.
Unfortunately for Sale, North pushed its lead out in the second half, finishing strong and beating Sale 55-32.