The four-team logjam in the middle of the Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition ladder may be taking much of the attention, but the race for the inaugural minor premiership is also far from run.
Inverloch-Kongwak cut the gap at the top back to four points on Saturday, with a 28-point win away to ladder leader Dalyston.
The Sea Eagles controlled the game for three quarters and did enough damage to ensure the Magpies’ final quarter surge had little bearing on the final result, 12.14 (86) to 8.10 (58).
Andy Soumilas was influential once again for the visitors, who also got plenty from the likes of Corey Casey and Tom Wyatt.
Tylah Osbaldeston, Rhys Harrop and Blake Carew (three goals) were best for Dalyston.
Jarney Thomas led the Magpies’ A grade side to victory on the netball court with 26 goals in the 43-28 win, which all but ended the visitors’ hopes of finishing in the top five.
Millie Sadler tallied 21 of the Sea Eagles 28 goals for the day.
Cora Lynn also remained within striking distance of the competition summit, following a hard-fought 34-point win against Phillip Island.
Scores were level at three-quarter time, but the Cobras kicked clear to win 14.13 (97) to 9.9 (63).
Nathan Langley booted six goals, but was outshone by teammates Will Thomas, Ryan Gillis and Travis Woodfield as the visitors shored up third spot.
Brendan Kimber, Jaymie Youle and James Taylor performed well for the Bulldogs, who dropped from fourth the sixth.
Koo Wee Rup moved in the opposite direction, courtesy of an 11.16 (82) to 10.12 (72) win against Garfield.
Josh Smith booted four goals in a best-on-ground performance, with Tim Miller and Nathan Voss also prominent as the Demons snapped a three-game losing streak.
Tyson Payne, Sam Batson and Tom Marsh led the way for the Stars, who charged home late, only for the 26-point three-quarter-time deficit to prove too big an ask.
Phillip Island and Koo Wee Rup continued their good seasons in the A grade netball, with the former seeing off Cora Lynn 59-28 on the back of Janelle Smyth’s 33 goals and 26 to Kelly O’Neill, and the latter accounting for Garfield 57-9 to maintain third and fourth spots on the ladder respectively.
Nar Nar Goon continued its strong second half of the year with a vital away win against Kilcunda-Bass.
Tyler Payroli, Trent Armour and Matt Stevens (two goals) were outstanding for the visiting Goon, who led at every change and slipped back into the top five.
Chris Endres, David Hutchinson and Jason Wells (three goals) fought hard for the Panthers, who slipped to seventh in a round of trading places, with percentage now the only thing separating fourth from seventh with three rounds left to play.
The Goon also snatched the point on the netball court, with Shannon Johns tallying 48 goals to lead the visitors to a 66-22 victory.
Fresh from recording its first win of the season, Bunyip showed a taste for it with a 9.6 (60) to 8.8 (56) win against Korumburra-Bena to make it back-to-back successes.
Nathan Lieshout, Brent Heus (five goals) and Joel Gibson were the main men for the Bulldogs, while Ash Snooks, Will Jeffs and Alex Johnston were best the Giants.
It wasn’t all bad news for the home side, which kept Bunyip scoreless and got within four points, having trailed by 26 at three-quarter-time.
The Giants continued their relentless form on the netball court, winning 69-14.
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