Light work for Moe Lions

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GIPPSLAND League’s Round 10 netball outcomes could not have been more predictable.

Moe roared their way home from Bairnsdale.

The Lions showcased their class from the start of the game, outscoring the Redlegs 19 to nine in the first quarter alone, building upon scoreboard pressure to lead by 26 at the major break.

Ramayer Gourley’s Moe side continued to put the foot down until the final siren, winning 82 to 33.

Moe’s playing-coach Gourley shot 49 goals, with Abby Gregorovich netting 33.

The Lions’ best would’ve been hard to pick as the win came off a team effort, but Gregorovich, Macy Gardiner and Olivia Barnett were notable in the win. Emily Hall, Ruby Dunkley and Olivia Betts were best for the Redlegs.

Drouin got the job done over Traralgon by seven goals.The game remained a tight contest, but the Hawks took flight and outscored the Maroons in every quarter after the first. Drouin’s Kym Diston, Lucy McKellar and Karina Proctor were good in the win, while Traralgon’s Bronwyn Tebb, Amy Harrison and Milly Murphy were recognised as best-on-court for the Maroons.

Morwell showed their might against a resurgent Warragul side playing on their Western Park court.

The Tiger’s put down 19 in the first term, and kept the Gulls to only five goals.

Having had such a slow start, the Gulls did well to match the Tigers in the following three terms, but could never reel the score back in their favour.

The final score was Morwell 48 to Warragul 32.

In the loss, Warragul’s Ella Rees, Alexandra Cole and Selene Chadrawy were noted as best-on, while the three C’s starred for Morwell: Chloe Radford, Claire Marks and Courtney Garth.

Maffra travelled to Wonthaggi, but lost by 14 goals. The Eagles got off to a high-flying start, leading at the first interchange, but the Power turned the tables after quarter-time to dominate the rest of the match. Among the Power’s best were Olivia Gilmour, Courtney Brann and Cassidy Bowman, while, Maffra’s were Ashleigh Keefe, Chloe Proud and Matilda Pendergast.

Leongatha made light work of Sale, defeating the Magpies by 27 goals.

The Parrots shut down Sale’s system and were able to capitalise, turning turnovers into scores.

Leongatha’s Lara Stefani, Laura Higgins and Taylah Brown were impressive, and so was Sale’s Kasey Dessent, Isla McCarthy and Lara Van der Voort, even in defeat.


NORTH GIPPSLAND netball was definitely entertaining.

Top spot on the ladder is a very hot seat to be in after 10 rounds.

Churchill was knocked off the throne last Saturday after suffering a significant 54 to 42 loss to Sale City.

The Bulldogs were dominant from the get-go, and the Cougars found it hard to return to the game.

By the time the Cougars found their feet, it was the fourth quarter and too late. The win sees Sale City surge to third spot. The top three teams in Heyfield, Churchill and Sale City are all sitting on 28 points, with only a percentage to split them; first place on the ladder is anyone’s for the taking.

Heyfield got the percentage required to hold onto the top spot for now, beating Yarram 19 to 49. Glengarry proved their strength, narrowly taking care of Woodside in a two-point victory. Cowwarr should not be underestimated, having given it to Yallourn Yallourn North on Saturday, winning 62 to 38.

Last week I did say that anything could happen at the Boneyard when Gormandale hosted TTU, and that it did; the Tigers trampled the bombers 55 to 39. So far, Gormandale has managed three wins for the season, which in their case, is a very successful bout. Rosedale had the bye.


MID GIPPSLAND completed Round 9.

In the biggest margin of the round, Toora put away Foster 60 to 26 in a dominant display by the reigning premier.

Yinnar also had a big win over Mirboo North, who have fallen from grace like no other.

The Magpies were able to score 63 goals to the Tigers’ 34.

Morwell East continued to show its dominance, bullying Tarwin 66 to 37.

In the other games, Boolarra defeated Hill End by 18 goals, a tame score given that the Demons have been annihilating teams, while MDU beat Stony Creek 43 to 29.

Fish Creek and Newborough had the bye.


IN Round 11 of the Gippsland League, the Maffra Eagles and the Sale Magpies will go head-to-head in the ‘Battle of the Birds’.

The Magpies beat the Eagles convincingly the last time they met and will do well to follow that proven game plan.

Drouin will face off against Bairnsdale with goals to improve their percentage.

The poor Redlegs have to hike it all the way to Drouin to face a high-flying side that has no intention of letting up.

Moe has stormed through the competition recently and will be confident to overpower Wonthaggi.

Warragul and Leongatha will go at it this Saturday in what will be a tight contest. The Parrots should be able to take care of the Gulls.

Old rivals in Traralgon and Morwell will play on Sunday, while everyone else relaxes.

Despite Traralgon’s mediocre season, best believe they will bring everything they have to give it to the Tigers.

Cometh the moment and cometh the women, and in big games, everyone steps up, so expect defenders Bronwyn Tebb (Traralgon) and Courtney Garth (Morwell) to have a big say in who wins this match.


NORTH Gippsland will enter Round 11 of the season with a very tight competition at the top-end of the ladder.

First place Heyfield will play Rosedale in sixth. Don’t let the ladder ranking fool you, the Blues are a good side who simply started slow. No doubt this match will be a nail-bitter.

In another close game for the round, Churchill will want to pounce on a weakened Woodside, who have now lost three in a row.

Cowwarr and TTU’s match will also be a close one to call, while Glengarry will be fine running through Yarram. The Demon side has struggled all year, while the Pies have come off a gigantic win against last year’s premier. In another potential blowout, Sale City has a chance to really boost their percentage against a Yallourn Yallourn North side that has managed just one win.

Gormandale has the bye.


MID GIPPSLAND’S Round 10 will see all 12 teams play for the first time this year.
In the match of the round, Boolarra and Morwell East will face off. However, reports have come in that three players from the Demon’s side have quit the team following some internal issues.

It will be interesting to see what the Boolarra team will look like this Saturday. Fish Creek takes on Mirboo North, and given the Tiger’s poor form recently, the Kangaroos should be able to get the job done.

Newborough and MDU play in what might be a breezy win for the Bulldogs.

On their home deck, netball powerhouse Yinnar will steamroll Hill End.

Foster will be chasing their first win of the year against Stony Creek, while Toora should make light work of Tarwin.