IN cold, overcast conditions at the Memorial Oval on Saturday, the Euroa Magpies girls were expecting a day of strong netball against their Hume Freeway spirited opponents in Benalla, and expectations were more than upheld.
An exciting, action-packed day it was, with mixed results for the Euroa girls.
IN the Goulburn Valley Netball League A Grade match of the round, much like the senior football, the Euroa girls went in as underdogs against their fancied Saints opponents.
With tall-timber all over the court for Benalla, Euroa knew they would have to rely on their speed, polished skills, fitness and work-rate to counter their opposition.
Benalla had the better start, out of the blocks quickly to establish the early lead, with accurate long-range shooting from their experienced goalers.
However, in the second half of the first quarter, the Euroa defenders were relentless in maintaining pressure, and began to wear-down the Saints attackers to continue giving supply to Euroa’s advantage and at the end of the first term, had reduced Benalla’s early lead to two goals.