Eagles go down in McClelland’s milestone

Dunollyʼs Ash McClelland walks onto the court before her 250th game on Sunday.

Maldon has dislodged Dunolly from the top of the MCDFNL’s A grade netball ladder and ruined the celebration of a milestone in the process with a seven goal win on Sunday.

Dunolly was unable to salute Ash McClelland in her 250th game, with the Eagles never making up for a slow start in the 47-40 loss at Deledio Reserve.

With Maldon’s Megan Bagnall and Sarah Lovel locking down in defence, Dunolly found scoring difficult in the first half, losing the first quarter 14-9 and the second 10-7 to trail by eight goals at halftime.

With Ashlee Lierich and Demcy Gibbs also defending well Dunolly cut the margin to five goals in a 11- 8 third quarter, but Maldon bounced back strongly with 15 goals in the final term sealing the win.

The scoring efficiency of Maldon was impressive throughout the day with goal attack Alyssa Cole leading the best players having shot 16 goals from 18 attempts, while shooter Katelyn Cutlack made 31 of 34.

Dunolly’s loss saw the Eagles slip to third on the ladder, drawing level on premiership points with Maldon, who rose to fifth.

For more on this story see Page 21 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, May 8.

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