The 12th round of the SFNL’s netball competition had a lot of important games with the outcomes shaping the upper ends of the ladders. Reminding us just how tight the time is now before finals.
Cranbourne (1) 44 defeated Dingley (1) 35
This was an unexpected first loss for Dingley this season against 5th on the ladder, Cranbourne. They only played with seven players which most likely didn’t produce their regular combinations on court. A loss can be quite humbling though and a good reality check in a non dangerous game can just be what they need to fire back up for finals.
Cranbourne played fantastically, holding the lead from the start with a strong second quarter of 17 goals, 14 by GS Jemma Osbourne alone. They were cool calm and collected and well deserved their 4th win of the season against the top team.
Caulfield Bears (1) 60 defeated Mordialloc (1) 44
Heatherton (1) 42 defeated Cheltenham (1) 35
Aspendale Arrows (1) BYE
Dingley (2) 42 defeated Cranbourne Eagles (2) 39
It was an exciting game with both teams at 35 all at three quarter time. Though it was the more dominant upper ladder team that pushed out in front in the final term, with Dingley taking the win by 3 points.
Dingley now sit 2nd on the ladder and look secure for finals. They will take on the undefeated Port Melbourne Colts in Round 12 on 16th of July which will really test out their skills.
Cranbourne really gave it a shot and need to be commended on their efforts even though they weren’t rewarded with the ladder points. They will have another chance at high stakes netball glory when they meet 3rd on the ladder, St Pauls McKinnon, next week.
St Pauls McKinnon (1) 57 defeated Caulfield Bears (2) 39
St Kilda City (1) 50 defeated Murrumbeena (1) 33
Port Melbourne Colts (1) 54 defeatedCheltenham (2) 22
Keysborough (1) 35 defeated Cheltenham (3) 34
Another close finish between a mid and lower ladder team! Keysborough had a great start leading out in front until Cheltenham had an amazing third quarter with 13 goals. Hannah Robinson-Cook shot 11 of them to get Cheltenham to sitting just one point behind leading into the fourth quarter. Keysborough stepped back up to keep at the same pace, holding the one point lead to the last siren!
East Brighton Vampires (1) 41defeated Aspendale Arrows (2) 21
South Yarra (1) 41 defeated Dingley (2) 25
South Yarra (2) 44 defeated Murrumbeena (2) 33
South Yarra played an upper level consistent game. Defensive duo Bailee Carroll and Laura Stupple held up Murrumbeena well until they picked up their game in the third quarter shooting 13 goals. It was not enough to get closer though, going down by 11 in the end.
South Yarra needed this win to keep finals contention in hand as they are chased by Carrum Patterson Lakes in 5th.