Round 14 results shake-up ladder as sides fight for finals

Round 14 of the MCDFNLʼs A grade netball unfolded at the weekend with varying results. Avocaʼs Mikayla Fraser takes a pass during her sideʼs heavy defeat of Maryborough Rovers.

Dunolly has proved it is taking no prisoners in its fight back for finals, toppling Lexton by 16 goals in a courageous round 14 effort.

The Eagles slumped mid-season and almost robbed themselves of finals contention altogether, but Saturday’s win over the Tigers, a side that beat them by 12 goals in round seven, has proven to the rest of the competition that Dunolly is not to be taken lightly.

The Eagles trailed by four at the first break but were able to narrow that to just one goal by half time.

A massive 19-goal third term saw the Eagles take a 10-goal lead by three quarter time and although both sides took 18 shots each at goal in the fourth, the Tigers landed just 11 to Dunolly’s 17, rewarding the Eagles with the 43-59 victory.

Sophie McQuienn ran hard all day in centre for Dunolly, while Ash Lierich held up defence and Lara Metelmann shot 30 of the side’s goals.

For Lexton, goalie Alana Jenkins was named best on court, followed by Melinda Miller and Heather Tweddle, both of whom featured throughout goals and the midcourt in an intense battle.

Lexton have now dropped to seventh place on the ladder while Dunolly sits in ninth, just one win out of finals contention.

Sitting in eighth place currently is Maryborough Rovers and the Pies are very lucky to be there after a brutal 79-21 loss to top of the table Avoca at the weekend.

A patchy Rovers side was comprehensively trounced by A grade’s front-runners, with the well- drilled Bulldogs already sitting 23 goals ahead at half time.

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