Sport

Kyabram and District Netball League round five wrap

By Aydin Payne

Merrigum entered the Kyabram District League netball interleague bye on a positive note, clinching a 53-36 win against Undera on Saturday.

The 17-goal win helped the Bulldogs push to 12 points on the ladder, with percentage keeping them outside of the top six.

Undera proved a tough adversary for the away side, with the Lions controlling the scoreboard in the first half through the talents of star shooter Amy Reid.

Reid was moved to goal keeper to cover an injury in the second term, but Merrigum was unable to capitalise on its opportunity to score from turnovers, with inaccuracy hurting its ability to score.

That all changed in the second half, as Merrigum gained ascendency thanks to midcourter Alanna Adams, youngster Naomi Shaw and playing coach Louise Richards.

Richards said it was a spirited effort from her side to kick into gear in the second half and grind out the win.

‘‘I was very happy with the way we were able to come out firing in the third term, it was a great effort to improve the way we did,’’ Richards said.

‘‘Alanna moved to centre and really opened the court up for us and gave the side confidence and we were able to play our game and improve our shooting.

‘‘Naomi is in her first year out of under-17s and she played in wing defence all game and did a great job, each week we give her a task and she just keeps improving.’’

●In other results, Alice Cunningham and her Murchison-Toolamba outfit returned to the winner’s list with a 59-43 result against Lancaster.

Stanhope shot the lights out against Rushworth to move on top of the ladder, recording a staggering 90-30 win.

Tallygaroopna continued its winning ways, with Lisa Crosier’s side proving too strong for Avenel 70-31.

Girgarre was no match for Dookie United, with the Thunder posting a 72-35 win that keeps them undefeated after five rounds.

Violet Town recorded a 12-goal success against Longwood, clinching its second win of the season.