Murchison-Toolamba gained the early jump in Saturday’s important Kyabram District Netball League match against Tallygaroopna.
The Grasshoppers were full of run from the first whistle, playing their own game style to surprise the Redlegs.
But although Murchison-Toolamba put on five unanswered goals, once Julie Telford’s side kicked into gear it was unstoppable and levelled the scores at quarter-time.
‘‘I think at the start they (Murchison-Toolamba) just came out firing and we were looking at them go rather than playing our own game,’’ Telford said.
‘‘Once we hit our straps we were fine, I think changes at half-time worked in our favour, all over the court we worked well and our defensive end was tight.
‘‘I made a few positional changes in the middle and shuffled it around, but I’ve got a very talented side, no matter the seven I had on it was always going to work.’’
The playing coach worked in tandem with veteran Bree Giles in defence, keeping the Grasshoppers to a measly nine goals in the second half.
Turning the slow start into a 48-23 win, a tough lead into finals awaits the Redlegs, but Telford is excited about the challenge.
‘‘We’ve got Nagambie, Avenel and Stanhope in the run home, so they’re strong games, which I’m pleased about,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ll be hitting our straps at the right time against competition leaders, so I’m not disappointed at all, I’m looking forward to the tussle.’’
A superior percentage keeps Murchison-Toolamba in the six ahead of Violet Town, which was dealt a 63-34 lesson against Nagambie.
The Towners have a similar run home to Tallygaroopna, making a finals appearance more difficult.
Rushworth upset top-six side Undera with a seven-goal victory.
The surprise loss ended the Lions’ run of three consecutive wins as the Tigers capitalised on some recent positive performances.
Ardmona continues to be consistent in its scoring, posting 30 goals in its match-up against Lancaster. But the total was again not enough for the Cats, as the Wombats put on 44 goals to win.
Avenel had a 14-goal win against Merrigum and Girgarre prevailed against Longwood.