Eagles build momentum

Penola continued to build momentum in the 10th round of the 2021 Bendigo Bank Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Netball Association season.

 The Eagles took on the three-hour round-trip up the Riddoch  Highway to Bordertown and returned home as 32-goal victors.

The visitors were hardly troubled thanks to a blistering start where they doubled the home side’s score.

Tess Porter set the pace with a tireless effort at Wing Defence, while Siobhan Adams also pressed hard and fed the goalies well.

Penola doubled its lead before the main break as April Possingham had her eye in underneath the goal ring.

She converted 22 of her 25 shots, while her partner in crime Georgia Winter also impressed in the goal circle.

At the other end of the court new defensive duo Maddy Teakle and Kaitlin Egan collected many rebounds to stagnate the scoring attempts from the Roosters.

Another strong final term  wrapped up the Eagles’ third consecutive win since the COVID-19  enforced break as the side sits fourth on the ladder.

Elsewhere Lucindale was in fine form against Padthaway, while  Keith and Mundulla emerged victorious in a couple of close encounters.

 The Crows’ unbeaten record was never in doubt, but Kyby kept them honest with the lead only reaching 14 goals at its peak.

Keith won 56-43 with Danielle Vankalken the top scorer, while Mundulla had a tougher time against Naracoorte.

The Demons were keen to impress their home crowd, but the visitors had other ideas and extracted an early lead.

But Mundulla struggled to increase its lead past single figures and all results were possible at the final break with just six goals the difference as Brianna Harris single handedly kept the hosts in the game.

In the end Mundulla stepped up with a strong final term to seal the 11-goal win led by Paige Marra.

 This weekend could be a tough task for Penola when it plays host to the undefeated Keith.

The Eagles could not get the job done in the Kowree Naracoorte Football League as they were forced to ponder what could have been on the road back home.

Penola created more scoring shots than Bordertown, but was far less accurate which led to a 23-point defeat.

The Roosters gained control with a strong opening quarter to put the Eagles already three goals down.

The visitors slipped to 32 points behind by the final break, but saved their most productive passage of play for the final term, doubling the majors tally.

However, it was too little too late and the hosts secured a solid win, while the respective Bordertown and Penola best players were Harrison Fromm and Darcy Porter.

 It was a fairly one-sided round with teams able to get on top of their opponents from the first bounce.

The Padthaway Lions showcased their full roar with a big win over Lucindale, while Border Districts  had a day to forget against ladder-leader Kingston kicking just  one goal.

Kybybolite displayed a little bit of fight against Keith, but the closest battle was between Naracoorte and Mundulla.

The scoreboard was level at quarter time and tight at the final break, but the Moots managed to lift at the critical moment to ensure they won by 17 points.

A couple of close games headline the action this weekend.

Second placed Mundulla takes on an inform Padthaway, while Border Districts and Bordertown will fight for fifth on the ladder.

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