GVFNL goes 0-2 against competition powerhouse

May 15, 2017

Under the pump: Goulburn Valley's Belinda Lees aims for the goal, as the shooters had to contend with plenty of defensive pressure from Ovens and Murray.

THE Goulburn Valley League senior side has endured another unsuccessful outing in the WorkSafe Community Championships after a disappointing seven-point loss on Saturday.

Players from the GVL and Ovens and Murray Football Netball League travelled to Wodonga in the interleague round clash for the Ash-Wilson Trophy with GVL looking to redeem themselves from the four-point loss to Essendon District a year ago.

But instead it became consecutive wins for Ovens and Murray after thrashing Hampden FNL by 66 points in 2016.

It was a great contest from both sides in an incredible display of interleague football.

Ovens and Murray’s captain Joel Mackie scored the first goal of the game before skipper Jason Cole hit back with his own for the Goulburn Valley.

Scores were kept level at quarter-time, 21 points each, with Goulburn Valley goals from Seymour’s Cole, who was last year’s GV interleague best on ground, Rochester’s Steven Stroobants and Kyabram’s Brad Mangan.

GV had all the play in the second quarter with 21-8 inside 50s but couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard, Ovens and Murray kicking 4.1 in the second to GV’s 3.4 and led by three points at half-time.

A big third quarter from Ovens and Murray set up the biggest lead of the game, keeping GV to just one goal and three behinds while adding 3.4 to their own scores, 51-68.

GV needed to dig deep in the fourth quarter and got within two points of Ovens and Murray at the 18 minute mark of the final term.

But an important goal from Yarrawonga’s Lachlan Howe set up an eight-point lead which carried through in the remaining minutes of the game.

A goal from Stroobants, his third for the game, kept Goulburn Valley in the contest, but the side was beaten by the clock, eventually going down 11.13 (79) to 12.14 (86) at the final siren.

Mangan finished with two goals for the game.

Cole worked tirelessly in the mid-field to be named among the best players for the game. Rochester’s Nathan Marrone was best on ground for the Goulburn Valley while Jonathon Spina took the honours for Ovens and Murray.

■ A similar result played out on the netball courts with Ovens and Murray taking out the open game 42-35 against a valiant GV side.

The host team was more polished on the day and combined better across the court to gain a three-goal lead at quarter time, 7-10.

The GV side seemed to need more time to gel but it was luxury they couldn’t afford as Ovens and Murray continued to put the foot down in the second quarter to extend the lead to seven at half time, 15-22.

The girls were able to claw back some of the margin in the third quarter to trail by five at three-quarter-time.

Ovens and Murray proved too strong in the end to get the seven-goal win.

Kyabram Netball Club’s Elle Groves, Belinda Lees, Stephanie Vick, Ashlea Mangan and Lauren Pryde made up the bulk of the open team and should find it easier to combine with the rest of the squad when they head to Melbourne in June for the state championships.

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