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Leading lights begin to space the battlers

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May 14, 2018

A distinct gap has emerged between the two halves of the Goulburn Valley League netball ladder.

A distinct gap has emerged between the two halves of the Goulburn Valley League netball ladder.

Every member of the top six claimed victory at the weekend to cement their respective spots near the top of the table, leaving the rest of the competition with even more work to do in order to catch up.

Tatura is the closest chaser, sitting two games behind sixth after suffering a 15-33 defeat at the hands of unbeaten Mooroopna.

The Bulldogs broke even in the first term with the ladder-leading Cats, but managed just three goals across the next two stanzas to fall well behind.

Maddi Wong, Mia Fallon and Martine Rogers were Mooroopna’s best contributors, while Emma Ryan, Molly Boyle and Paigan Impey battled hard for the home side.

●Benalla proved no match for the might of Echuca at the weekend, falling to a 40-64 defeat.

In fact, Murray Bombers goaler Sheridan Townrow netted 40 goals of her own to match the Saints’ output, combining well with teammates Claudia Mawson (13 goals) and Olivia Hannon (11).

The Saints led at quarter-time, but were blown out of the water in the third stanza when Echuca slammed home 20 goals to just five.

Kylie Relf, Kelsey Rigg and Grace Amarant were Benalla’s best, while Erin Hill and Tamara Nicholls were just as impressive for the Murray Bombers.

●Seymour put on a defensive masterclass at Kings Park, keeping Mansfield to just 13 goals.

The Lions netted 34 goals of their own in the low-scoring affair, with Bec Beaton (19 goals) and Ellie O’Sullivan (15) leading the way.

Elle McDonald, Sarah Douglas and Rosie O’Sullivan also stood out for the home side in the big win.

For the Eagles, Jemma Blackall (eight goals) and Amy Dixon-Rielly (five) did all the scoring.

●Shepparton United completed a dominant victory over Rochester on Saturday, netting 58 goals to just 16.

Elle Brooks, Kirsty Hommes and Laura Cole were magnificent for the Demons, who simultaneously took their record to 4-2 while consigning the Tigers to just one win from their first six matches.

●Shepparton Swans secured their spot in the top six with a strong win over Euroa.

The Swans led by just two goals at quarter-time, but stretched that margin to 14 at the main break and 20 at the final change before eventually claiming a 55-25 triumph.

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