Cats do it easy once they find groove

By Alex Mitchell

Mooroopna had little trouble making it five straight wins in Goulburn Valley League netball, cruising to a 21-goal win against Benalla on Saturday.

At the Benalla Showgrounds, the home side stuck in the game early, but was eventually worn down by the Cats’ power, losing 47-26.

Mooroopna’s recent stretch of excellent form — which has been a strong response to its loss to Shepparton — has helped it move from 7-4 to 12-4, and still in the race for third on the ladder.

Cats star Maddie Wong said once her side found top speed, it had been an impressive result.

‘‘It probably took us seven to 10 minutes to find our groove, but once we did we were pretty motivated to put our foot down and finish the game off well,’’ she said.

‘‘It was really good, and nice to see the team is coming into finals with a lot of fire in it.

‘‘We’re really working to consolidate everything we’ve been practicing and it’s great to see the little efforts being put in everywhere, stuff we’ve been working on now for the past 16 rounds.’’

Wong said Shelby Britten excelled in the win at wing attack, with Mia Fallon, Georgia Gattuso and Ash Lancaster also producing quality performances.

‘‘We moved the ball really well up the court, transitioning out of defence,’’ she said.

‘‘And we did well coming off the line from centre passes, our wing attack Shelby Britten was coming down the court really well.’’

●Rochester produced a massive upset in a Sunday spectacular, knocking off finals-bound Seymour by two goals at Moon Oval.

The Lions entered the game expecting to win and scale the GVL ladder back to third, but instead slumped to their fifth defeat of the campaign, and fell fifth on the table.

Surprisingly, the sides were locked at 23 at the half and the underdog Tigers kept coming to take a lead to the final frame, ahead 33-31 at three-quarter-time after another fantastic defensive stanza.

They held their nerve under pressure and banked their biggest win of the season, moving to eighth on the ladder in the process.

Morgan Dingwall, Bridgette Holt and Maddie Egglestone were the Tigers’ stars.