A grade win an inspirational nail-biter

ANOTHER MILESTONE: Jenny Barlow is congratulated by Kelly Hill (both pictured right) when Jenny played her 100th game of netball in GVFL (she is also the A grade coach).

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.

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