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GVL netball round 10 preview

By Aydin Payne

With the Goulburn Valley Netball League headline match not played until Sunday afternoon, there are still plenty of enticing contests tomorrow for supporters.

Benalla hits the road for its round 10 clash and has the task of halting the Mooroopna express.

The Cats are flying at the moment and have blown the premiership race right open — winning four of their past five matches after starting the season 1-3.

Mooroopna sister duo Ella and Genna Ogier have been handy additions at either end of the court and have helped push their side into sixth on the ladder.

Benalla has won its past two matches and shown terrific improvement under the guidance of Grace Warnock.

Kyabram hosts ladder leader Shepparton United in what shapes as a must win for the home side.

The Bombers sit ninth on the ladder after last round’s loss to the Shepparton Swans and will come out firing against the league’s frontrunner.

United is coming off a thrilling draw to Seymour in round nine and will be out to clinch all four points this time.

Tamara Skinner has been impressive in attack alongside Jessie Barnes-Hill and likewise with the Demons’ defending trio of Liv Kirby, Laura Cole and Jemma Hall.

Rochester welcomes Mansfield to Moon Oval in a battle to keep their respective finals hopes alive.

Mooroopna thrashed the Tigers last round after they pushed Shepparton all the way in round eight.

Morgan Dingwall has impressed all season in attack and Mansfield defender Jess Walker will likely follow her closely.

Bottom side Tatura heads down the highway to front up against second-placed Seymour.

The Lions will be spurred on from last week’s draw against United, with Jess Lallo, Sarah Szczykulski and Sarah Douglas all starring in that thriller.

Molly Boyle and Jacqui James will lead the way for the Bulldogs as they continue their search for those elusive four points.

Completing the round 10 fixture is the battle between Euroa (11th) and the Shepparton Swans (third) at Princess Park.

The Swans clinched an 11-goal win against Kyabram last weekend, with defensive players Julie Telford and Tiarna Steel having consistent seasons.

For the Magpies, they are coming off a tough day against Echuca in round nine, but will look for last week’s strong performers Eliza Hoare and Hannah Broughton to lead the way again.