Intrigue from top to bottom

June 08, 2018

The most intriguing round of Goulburn Valley League netball comes at the midway point of the year.

With round nine tomorrow any game could headline as match of the weekend, including a clash between bottom two sides Mansfield and Euroa.

The Eagles are progressing each week, but are yet to gather their first win this season, despite producing solid defensive efforts each week.

Playing against another bottom six side in Kyabram last week, Mansfield kept its opponent to just 28 goals, but it has the task ahead meeting Euroa shooters Laura Emanuelli and Deanne Tuppen.

The Magpies scored 43 goals in last week’s loss and with their attack end a strength will be relying on that to keep the Eagles winless.

Tatura and Kyabram follow a similar path, with either side relying heavily on a terrific trio of players.

The Bulldogs are well served by co-coaches Emma Ryan and Molly Boyle as well as Brylee Schache, while Bombers coaches Shani Clark, Holly Butler and Lauren Pryde lead the way.

How well the supporting casts stand up tomorrow will be the key in the game, with Danielle Cornwall and Paigan Impey important transition players through the midcourt for Tatura.

An experienced defence takes on a developing one when Seymour travels to play Shepparton United.

While the Lions are well served by star players, Demons captain Kirsty Hommes is nurturing under-17 aces Elle Brooks and Olivia Kirby in goal keeper.

The game marks a crucial encounter in the top half of the ladder, with both teams having six wins to show from their season.

Seymour will be looking to make a strong start to the game after conceding a crucial margin early to Mooroopna last week.

Rochester has gained confidence after securing a high-scoring 53-43 win against Euroa last weekend, with Bridgette Holt, Tess Teggelove and Eesha Clarke important.

Building into a match against Benalla, the Tigers will be aiming to string two victories together in a row while the Saints are looking to create a solid total via Brittany Button and Kylie Relf in goals.

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