Tallygaroopna kept its slim chances of finishing on top of the Kyabram District Netball League ladder alive after defeating reigning premier Avenel.
The Redlegs left the Swans red-faced on Saturday with precise ball movement and sensational shooting as Melinda Kittlety fired her side to a 51-37 victory.
Julie Telford’s side only sits one win behind league leader Nagambie and the Swans in the third spot and she put the victory down to her side’s team effort.
‘‘Everyone worked exceptionally well,’’ Telford said.
‘‘Our shooters shot well, our midcourt linked our two ends well and then our defenders defended well.
‘‘All in all I could not be happier, everyone did an exceptional job.’’
Lisa Hueston was crucial in connecting defence with attack, Maddi Brett provided great run from wing defence, helping her side gather a stranglehold.
‘‘When we move the ball well I feel that is when we can penetrate and score the amounts of goals that we have been this season,’’ Telford said.
‘‘It starts with our defensive pressure and that then allows us to transition.’’
The Redlegs have scored more 1000 goals this season, a competition first.
With one more round left to play the Redlegs need to beat Stanhope, while they will be praying for Ardmona and Longwood to shock Avenel and Nagambie, respectively.
The Lakers proved too strong for the Cats on Saturday to consolidate their spot at the top of the ladder, winning 62-25.
It was Nagambie fourth straight win after a slip-up against Stanhope in round 15.
Stanhope outclassed Violet Town 59-30.
The result ended the Towners’ finals aspirations after sixth-placed Murchison-Toolamba had a 38-goal victory against Longwood.
Rushworth edged out Girgarre30-29 in a battle between ninth and 11th.
Meanwhile, in the final game of round 19, Undera toppled Lancaster 52-43 in a high-scoring affair.