MARYBOROUGH’S desire to play finals continued on Saturday when the A-grade team scored a big win against Castlemaine.
From the beginning of the season, the Magpies have made it clear the goal for 2014 was to play in the finals.
Its consistent season continued, scoring a 54 to 18 win.
It was a clean sweep for Maryborough with the A-reserve, B-grade and 17 and under teams also scoring wins on Saturday afternoon.
A-grade coach Laura Hurse said the club was in a good spot heading into the remaining part of the season.
“Everything is pretty positive at the club at the moment,” she said.
“We have a good feeling with the way we are playing our netball.
“In the past couple of years we have been well and truly down the ladder, so hopefully we can continue with the momentum we have in the final part of the season.”
Hurse said it was important the A-grade girls got back on the winners list after disappointing losses in the past three weeks.
“It was a good confidence boosting win after the past few weeks,” she said.
“It was also good to get the win for Alisha Chadwick who played her 30th game and Jordan Macilwain who played her 150th.”
Maryborough got off to a good start in the first half, scoring 30 goals to 10.
“It was important to get off to a good start because in the past few games we have been slow out of the blocks,” Hurse said.
“We had to make sure we stay focussed throughout the match and not have those lapses in concentration like we did against Gisborne the previews week.
“The girls really did put in a great effort, especially in wet and tough conditions.”
Hurse said it was now important for the A-grade team to continue to put pressure on their opponents.
Maryborough is currently in fifth spot on the Bendigo Netball Ladder after 12 rounds.
It is just one win clear of the sixth-placed Strathfieldsaye.
“We really needed to score big in this game just to bolster our percentage because teams like Strathfieldsaye have stepped it up,” Hurse said.
The reigning premiers, Gisborne, have won its fifth straight game, defeating Kyneton.
The Bulldogs defeated Kyneton 43 to 32.
Gisborne coach Kerryn Jorgenson said she was pleased with her team’s efforts at Gardiner Reserve.
“I am glad we could beat them by more than last time when we played them,” she said.
“It is good to see we are continuing to improve throughout the season.”
Jorgenson said her team played well against a finals contender in Kyneton.
“They are a physical team, so we were expecting to play well against that,” she said.
“They are fairly tall in goals, so our defenders did a really good job against them.
“I thought Maddie Stewart and Tiana Newman played extremely well, I am really happy with the result.”
In other games South Bendigo 44 defeated Eaglehawk 34.
Strathfieldsaye won against Sandhurst 42 to 35.
Kangaroo Flat also defeated Golden Square on Sunday afternoon.
The final score was 56 to 36.