In a frantic NFNL winter netball grading contest that went down to the wire, Montmorency 2 and Greensborough 3 shared the spoils at La Trobe Sports Stadium.
With both sides coming off losses in round two, the desperation to get back on the winner’s list was on show throughout the whole match, as the margin at each interval was never higher than three goals.
But after trailing at three quarter time, the Magpies managed to find one extra goal in the final term to ensure the points were split at the full-time whistle, the final score being 28 goals apiece.
Kaitlin Muscat was dominant at goal shooter for Montmorency, who score 14 goals in just three quarters, while Amy Clay was superb at both ends of the court, doing well to contain the Borough attacks all night while scoring eight goals of her own.
For the Borough, Lauren Mayne was brilliant in front of goal, converting 18 shots, while Emma Blair’s second half effort on wing defence was commendable, conceding just four of the Magpies’ 12 second half goals to direct opponents.
The two Amy’s, Clay and Dillon, combined well in the first term in attack, shooting seven goals between and leading the charge early for the Magpies. Mayne tried to keep the scoreboard ticking for Greensborough with four first term goals, but with Magpies wing defence Isabelle McKaskill limiting Simone Genovese to just one goal, Montmorency led by two goals at the first change.
The scoring ramped up in the second quarter, but the Magpies still had the upper hand thanks to the goal shooting work of Kaitlin Muscat who scored six majors. Mayne and Genovese kept up with the scoring on their end, with eight combined goals for the term, but it was Montmorency who had the ascendency at half time with a three-goal lead.
Greensborough turned the tables in the third term, Mayne and Genovese combined for a total of nine goals while the defensive pressure from Emma Blair ensured that Montmorency had a difficult time scoring. Winning the term by four goals, the Borough regained the lead and despite only having a one goal advantage at three quarter time, they had all the momentum.
A tense final term followed, with no side able to gain a clear advantage on the contest. Dillon bounced back after a quiet third quarter to score four important goals for the Magpies while Mayne continued to be an influence for the Borough, scoring another five majors.
With both side’s missing opportunities late in the match, scores finished level as time expired.
Montmorency 2 will face Thomastown 2 in the final round of grading, while Greensborough 3 take on Macleod 1.