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KDL netball round six

By Aydin Payne

A 14-goal win against Murchison-Toolamba has helped Nagambie stay within four points of the ladder leaders in Kyabram District League netball.

The Lakers recorded a 45-31 win against the Grasshoppers and claimed the inaugural Kirwans Bridge Cup.

Nagambie playing coach Sarah Sanderson was awarded the Biggs-Jackson medal for her best-on-court performance in goal defence.

Sanderson and champion veteran Alicia White are beginning to jell as a defensive pair.

Murchison-Toolamba coach Alice Cunningham was pivotal in her side’s ascendency in the first term.

However, it was Sharni Lloyd’s introduction into Nagambie’s attack that turned the tide.

‘‘We brought Sharni on in attack and she was clam and steady in goals and shot really well in pressure situations,’’ Sanderson said.

‘‘Murchison-Toolamba really challenged us, we let them get on top of us in that first quarter.

‘‘But I thought our experience started to shine in the middle quarters and we grabbed control of the contest.

‘‘Our youngsters started so that they could get a feel for a high-pressure game, we wanted to impose them on the contest and they did a great job.’’

The loss has Murchison-Toolamba sixth on the ladder, while the Lakers’ four-game winning streak keeps them within striking distance of Stanhope and Dookie United.

●In other results, Avenel returned to the winners’ list in fine fashion, clinching a 63-22 win against Ardmona.

Merrigum ran over the top of Shepparton East, with the away side recording a 58-31 win to move into fifth on the ladder.

Violet Town was no match for ladder leader Stanhope in a 50-goal result.

Undera and Lancaster played out a hard-fought battle, with the Lions holding on by seven goals.

Tallygaroopna flexed its muscles against Girgarre, winning 70-20, while Dookie United remained undefeated with a 76-28 success against Longwood.