Edenhope-Apsley looks for finals appearance

EDENHOPE-APSLEY has boosted its chances of a finals appearance with a 34-goal win against Pimpinio at home.

The Saints used the hot shooting of young goalie Rachel Whitehead to claim a 67-33 victory.

Whitehead netted 48 goals for the match, including 17 in a blistering second term that saw the Saints extend their lead from five goals to 22.

Sacha McDonald, fresh from winning a silver medal with the School Sport Victoria 15 and under team at the national championships, added 19 goals of her own.

Fellow young gun Alex Lang was impressive at the other end of the court, playing goal defence and keeper.

Kylie Helyar kept the visiting Tigers in the game early with seven first-quarter goals.

She finished with 18 for the game in a best on court performance for her team, while wing defence Ashleigh Brooks was also named in the best.

The win gave the Saints a slight percentage advantage over Noradjuha-Quantong in the race for fifth place.

The Bombers posted a win of their own against Rupanyup at the weekend.

The Panthers fought hard in the first half, levelling the scores at quarter-time and trailing by just three at the long break.

Alexandra Lewis’ 13 first-half goals for Rupanyup were supplemented with six from coach Julia Nicholson, who was one of the team’s best. 

Sammi Avery scored 11 of her 35 goals in the third term to give Noradjuha-Quantong some breathing space. 

Brooke Pay was solid at the other end of the court, helping the team to a 54-35 victory.

Laharum continued to push its claim for a top-three finish by dispatching Swifts 52-26.

Although not as great as their 39-goal victory over the Baggies in round five, the win still moved Laharum past Kalkee.

Baylee Miller and Marceena Cameron were instrumental in Laharum’s win.

Swifts co-coach Kristy Yole competed well in centre, while Emily Patterson turned in a solid effort on Laharum’s in-form Maddie Iredell.

Natimuk United entrenched itself in the top two by beating Kalkee, which dropped to fourth.

The Ewes reaped the benefits of a strong first half that saw them lead by nine goals at the main break.

Though they only extended their lead by a further two goals for the rest of the game, it was enough. The efforts of Zoe Hanson and Vicki Ahilaras through defence and the midcourt turned the tide Natimuk United’s way.

Harrow-Balmoral produced the expected result in the battle of top versus bottom on the ladder against Taylors Lake.

Amy Lewis’ 60-goal haul led the Roos to a dominant 89-17 win.

Anna-Grace Close was a good foil for Lewis with 29 goals of her own.

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