Shepparton Swans have held on in a thrilling Goulburn Valley Netball League clash against Benalla to win by one goal.GEORGINA CAHILL June 30, 2014 3:05am
For the second time in as many weeks Shepparton Swans claimed a thrilling one-goal win, this time against rival Benalla in Goulburn Valley Netball League.
A fierce battle was inevitable on Saturday, with former Swan co-captain Grace Hide lining up against against her old club for the first time since joining the Saints this season.
In wet and windy conditions, the Swans were round 10 winners, 36-35.
Top-of-the-ladder Swans and third-placed Saints went goal-for-goal in the opening term, with the sides seven-a-piece at quarter-time.
Swans defenders Bec Dudgeon and Erin Hopkins worked tirelessly in the second quarter to deny the Saints’ shooters a chance on goal.
Despite trying conditions Annie and Liz Cobbledick capitalised in the Swans’ goals much to their playing coach Jana Bruinier’s delight.
‘‘It’s never going to be a goaler’s best day out when its blowing gale winds and I thought the girls stood up really well and I thought they worked through it,’’ Bruinier said.
The Swans got the jump in the second quarter and held a seven-goal lead at the main break.
Saints playing coach Kate Lynch moved from goal keeper to centre in the third quarter and stamped her authority on the game, helping her side to outscore the Swans 11-7.
The Swans went into the final term with a three-goal lead and despite being outscored by the Saints by two goals, they narrowly came away with a one-goal win.
While Bruinier was happy to get the four points, she said her side had areas it needed to improve in.
‘‘I think we’re just a little bit too slow at the moment to adjust to what the opposition puts out there or adjust to an umpiring decision,’’ she said.
Saint Tylah Marchbank provided plenty of drive through wing attack and centre, while Hide proved why she is one of the best defenders in the competition.
Despite the narrow loss, Lynch was happy with her young team’s performance.
‘‘I think we started off a bit slow,’’ Lynch said.
‘‘Down the attack end we weren’t really combining that well, but certainly through the second half we were able to really hold in that circle and our feeds were a lot better.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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