Natimuk United upsets Laharum in A Grade

PRESSURE: Noradjuha-Quantong goal attack Sammi Avery, right, evades Taylors Lake defender Grace Howden on Saturday. Avery was one of the Bombers’ best in the 69-10 win. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

PRESSURE: Noradjuha-Quantong goal attack Sammi Avery, right, evades Taylors Lake defender Grace Howden on Saturday. Avery was one of the Bombers’ best in the 69-10 win. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

A DOMINANT fourth quarter from Natimuk United saw the Ewes upset Laharum by 15 goals at the weekend.

The visitors travelled to Cameron Oval having lost three of their past five matches, while the Mountain Maids had only lost one for the year.

The teams traded goals in the opening half, with the Ewes grabbing a narrow two-goal lead at the first change and extending it to three at the main break.

A 13-11 third quarter saw the team start to get on top for good, and they finished in spectacular style with a 15-5 final term.

Kirby Knight has been the focal point in attack for the Ewes, and this continued on Saturday when she shot 36 goals.

Knight's sister Ashlee started the year in goals with Kirby, but the team's mid-season revival started when Emily Hateley moved into goals.

Hateley was best on court at the weekend, while Ashlee Knight played well through the centre.

Defender Jo Taylor was also at the top of her game.

Laharum's Caitlin Story, who was again strong in goals, teamed well with Maddi Iredell.

Nikki Ervin was also named among the best.

Noradjuha-Quantong snapped a two-game losing streak in emphatic fashion, beating Taylors Lake 69-10.

The Bombers ended the round in fifth place, with their percentage-boosting win giving them an edge over sixth-placed Edenhope-Apsley.

Goal attack Sammi Avery and wing attack Hayley McDonald drew praise from coach Carmel Officer for their strong play.

"Sammi is only young, but she played well beyond her years," Officer said.

"We were strong through the midcourt as well with Claire Breed and Georgia Francis, so it was a good performance."

Officer said the competition still looked even half-way through the season.

"Harrow-Balmoral is the benchmark it has been all year but the other five teams competing for the other four finals places are pretty comparable," she said.

"Kalkee is playing good netball right now and you can't dismiss any of the other teams." Midcourt players Lauren Monaghan and Kiewa Lovett were the Lakers' best.

Swifts could not pull off back-to-back wins, but were competitive against Pimpinio.

The Tigers established a seven-goal margin at half-time and won by eight, but were made to work for it.

Grace Wooster, 29 goals, led Pimpinio to victory, while Kristy Yole stood out at wing defence for the Baggies.

Harrow-Balmoral has now beaten every team this season after keeping Edenhope-Apsley at bay.

The Roos were strong early and led by 11 goals at the first change before cruising to a 55-41 victory.

Amy Lewis and Anna-Grace Close's accurate goal-shooting stood out for the Roos, and midcourt player Janelle Knight was also in the best.

Centre Sarah Domaschenz and goal keeper Cynthia Watt were the Saints' best players.

Kalkee beat Rupanyup 57-28, with youngsters Mikayla McAuliffe and Stevie Bibby among the best on court.

Panthers centre Jodie Hayes and coach Julia Nicholson were the best for their side.

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