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Swansong for Kyabram’s netballers at the weekend

By Kyabram Free Press

THE Shepparton Swans produced a four-quarter effort to beat Kyabram by 11 goals on Saturday.

The winning side’s accuracy in the goal ring and full-court pressure helped them wrestle control of the game with a strong third quarter that was just too good for the Bombers.

Slumping to its fifth loss of the year, it leaves the Bombers with just two wins from nine games — plus two costly draws.

On Saturday Ky attacked the ball and moved well in the ring, but spot-on Shepparton goaling and pressure across the court saw Ky start the fourth term 12 goals behind.

By then it was too late for a comeback, with the Bombers only managing to claw back the score by one and finishing with an 11 point loss, 39-50.

Emma Ryan was the pick of the defensive side for Ky, while fantastic movement and goaling from Elle Groves kept Ky in the game.

Mooroopna continued its burning hot form in Goulburn Valley League netball, handing out a third straight hefty defeat in round nine of the competition.

The Cats had far too much for Rochester, winning 77-30 in a one-sided affair, meaning they have scored a remarkable 216 goals in three weeks, outscoring their opponents by 134 goals combined.

Full-court defensive pressure was the Cats’ main strength, with Ash Lancaster and Ella Ogier strong in defence, while Dayna Williams and Genna Ogier provided plenty of athleticism and accuracy in the circle.

The result leaves the Cats sixth on the ladder, 5-4 for the season and a game and much percentage clear of seventh, while Rochester ended the round eighth with its 3-1-5 record.

Shepparton made it three wins in a row with a 15-goal triumph against Mansfield.

The Bears broke away early and won every quarter of a 46-31 win, with defender Morgan Gibson creating havoc with turnovers and intercepts galore.

Hannah Crawley also shone for the Bears, while Mansfield got strong games from defender Jess Walker and goaler Amy Dixon-Reilly.

The Bears are 6-3 for the season, while the Eagles are 4-5 and seventh with work to do in their push for finals.

Benalla had to work hard to see off Tatura in an 11-goal win at the Benalla Showgrounds.

The Saints trailed at quarter-time, but responded with a huge second quarter, winning the period 12-4 to claim a seven-goal lead, before edging the second half as well.

Bridget Hill, Grace Warnock and Grace Amarant were the Saints’ holiest players, while Alex Bertram, Molly Boyle and Jacqui James were the pick of the Bulldogs.

Benalla is 3-6 and 10th, while Tatura remains in search of its first win.

Echuca bounced back from its loss to Mooroopna in style, taking care of Euroa by 39 goals.

The Magpies could never stay with the reigning premier, outscored 38-10 in the first half before the damage continued in the second.

Charlotte Groves, Alex Tenace and Bridget Byrne were Echuca’s standouts, while Eliza Hoare, Hannah Broughton and Caitlyn Smith battled well for the Magpies.