Swifts beat Rupanyup for second win of the year

SWIFTS A Grade netballers have two wins in a season for the first time since 2006.

The Baggies overcame a slow start against Rupanyup on Saturday to win for the second time in the past four weeks.

The team has been plagued by slow starts all season, and Saturday's game was no exception.

Rupanyup was the better team in the first quarter, but could not capitalise on its dominance.

The Panthers led by three goals at the first change due largely to the shooting of coach Lana Hayes, but the team missed several opportunities.

A hot second quarter from the Baggies turned the deficit into a six-goal advantage at the main break, and they did not lose the lead in the second half despite scores remaining close.

The final score was 35-29.

Defensive duo Mel Beal and Emily Patterson held Rupanyup off, and former defender Kaitlyn Ralph continued to impress in attack with 21 goals.

Rupanyup also named its defensive pair of Lana Hayes and Kayla Woods as its best players on the day.

The Baggies' success-starved A Grade team has waited a long time for more than one win in a season, and co-coach Nicole Harding said her players were far from done with.

"We're hoping to get a couple more wins under our belt," she said.

"We got a couple of younger girls this year, so it has taken us half a season to all click together.

"We think we can definitely win against Taylors Lake again this round, and we'd like to have a red hot go against a couple of the other sides as well."

Swifts have not won more than two A Grade games in a season since 2003.

Harrow-Balmoral extended its unbeaten run to 11 straight games this season after seeing off a gallant Laharum.

The damage was done in the first quarter, as the Roos opened up a seven-goal lead. They eventually won 42-31.

Amy Lewis, 28 goals, played well for Harrow-Balmoral, but it was coach and defender Ebonie Salter who led the way for her team.

She helped hold in-form Laharum goalie Caitlin Story to just 17 goals for the match.

Maddi Iredell, 14 goals, played well for the Mountain Maids, as did Polly Hammerton.

Natimuk United's return towards the top two continued with a convincing 40-16 win over top-five team Noradjuha-Quantong.

Bombers goalies Sarah Koenig and Sammi Avery struggled to hit the scoreboard as Zoe Hanson and Jo Taylor provided effective defence.

Kirby Knight scored 33 goals, but it was sister Ashlee who was named best on court after a superb game in centre.

Kalkee is safe in second place after beating Pimpinio 59-26.

The Kees outscored their opponents 19-3 in an outstanding second quarter.

Coach Rachel Thomson stood out in the midcourt for the Kees, while Brianna Luciani was Pimpinio's best.

Edenhope-Apsley's 54-25 win against bottom side Taylors Lake wasn't enough to move the Saints back into the top five.

Sacha McDonald dominated in goals with 33, but Kiewa Lovett's work in the midcourt for the Lakers was also good despite the loss.


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