The business-end of season 2018 continues to deliver important ladder changes in the A grade Mininera District Netball Association. Round 15 saw a new team jump into top spot while the final two rounds will determine who finishes fifth and fills the last finals spot out of Moyston-Willaura, Glenthompson-Dunkeld and Lismore-Derrinallum.
Tatyoon turns tables on Tigers
The match of the round took place at Woorndoo and saw Tatyoon claim a three-goal victory in front of an excited crowd to even the 2018 score against Woorndoo-Mortlake and take over top spot. In their round-five clash, the Hawks struggled to contain the Tigers in the later stages of the game after leading by five at half-time. This time around they found themselves trailing the home side by four goals at half-time despite getting up by two at quarter-time.
A swap in defense proved vital for the Hawks in the third quarter with Simone King coming into goal defense after a solid first half in goal keeper. She managed to limit the contribution of Tigers goal attack Jessica Cameron in the third term to just five goals and helped the Hawks to win the quarter by five to snatch the lead coming into the final break.
The last quarter had everyone on their toes and the low-scoring reflected the pressure applied by each team. Goals were tough to come by and misses were costly, with both sides converting at only 50 per cent.
It was the Hawks who were able to carry their momentum to win the last quarter by two and take out the match by three.Hawks wing attack Jane Astbury joined Cameron in her side’s best.
Bombers, Magpies on track for top-four finish
As the top-two teams battled it out in Woorndoo, third placed Penshurst and fourth-placed Wickliffe-Lake Bolac both had comfortable wins against Lismore-Derrinallum and SMW Rovers, respectively.
The Magpies regained some confidence following their loss to Tatyoon last week, defeating the Rovers by 13 goals in Mininera.
The Magpies took an early seven-goal lead and built on this in the second and third quarters thanks to the hard work of goal defense Kelsey Perry and centre Amanda McClelland.
A final term fightback by the Rovers, which saw them win the last quarter ten goals to eight failed to impact on the outcome and the Magpies won the match 49-36.
Pumas keep final hopes alive
Moyston-Willaura made it three wins on the trot defeating Ararat on home turf. The final score was 66-22. The win sees the Pumas move into fifth position and places them ahead of other finals contenders Glenthompson-Dunkeld and Lismore-Derrinallum on percentag.
Rams beat determined Lions
Glenthompson-Dunkeld had a successful trip to Great Western on Saturday, defeating the Lions by 18 goals to move up to sixth spot on the ladder. Windy conditions made things difficult for both sides but did not trouble Lions shooter Dayle Bird who stood strong in the ring but could not peg back the lead and the Rams ran out 18-goal winners. Lions 14 and under player Talia Marrow had an impressive game.