GVL Netball Round 8 Preview


Shepparton Swans will be looking to chalk up its fourth win of the season when it hosts the winless Kyabram.

The Swans gave a fantastic account of themselves against the reigning premier, suffering a one goal loss. Defenders Sarah Down and Hannah Garner were important for their team in the loss to Echuca while mid-courter Tayla Clohesy and shooter Natasha Atkinson-Brown were others to fire for their team.

Jemma Hall, Isla Carver and Maia Roberts did well in pushing Tatura in arguably one of their best performances for 2024.

The Bombers went down by only six goals and if they can bring that effort week-in-week-out then they will be a chance to upset the Swans and record their first win of 2024.

Tip: Shepparton Swans.


This should be a good contest and one that will show where these two teams are at in the premiership peaking order.

Tatura overcome Kyabram by six goals while the Bears did what they needed to do to get past Benalla.

For the winner the prize will be outright third, while for the loser you drop back among the pack that are vying for those bottom spots in the top six.

Goalkeeper Jasmine Fraser, defender Molly Boyle and versatile Molly Kennedy will be important for the home team if they are to overcome the visiting Bears.

Shooter Kim Borger is an important player for the Bears. Her form has been outstanding in 2024 and her combination with Genevieve Ogier could well determine who is in front around 3.45pm.

Defenders Keeley O’Dwyer and Hannah Crawley will play an important role in trying to restrict the Tatura goalers. Tip: Tatura.


This will be an intriguing match-up to see where these two teams are at.

Mooroopna had its first loss of 2024 when Seymour stormed home against them last round.

The Cats started well against the Lions. Coach Di Hanslow would have been thrilled with how her team cracked open the contest with a 14-5 goal second quarter.

But she will be trying to work on went wrong in the second half to ensure it doesn’t happen against the Demons.

Dayna Williams continues to grow into the season after her return from injury. She has been playing some really good netball.

Caitlin McLachlan, shooter Ash Lancaster and Mia Fallon will be important for the Cats to try and ensure the game is played on their terms.

United will look to its shooters, Tamara Skinner and Diaz Barzen to continue their good form.

After a slow first quarter against Mansfield, the Demons managed to wrestle control away and keep their noses in front in the second half.

Co-coach, Laura Cole and defender Grace McInneny will be very important for their team if they are to overcome the Cats who sit in second place. Tip: Mooroopna.


Echuca will look to continue to build into the season off the back of a one-goal win last round. The reigning premier has been patchy at best in its title defence. But to be fair, they have had their reasons. Injury and unavailable to date have meant opportunities for some of the club’s B grade girls.

At Benalla, the Murray Bombers will feel they can get a win to continue their climb up the ladder.

Belinda Lees with 25 goals and Greta Pearson through the mid-court were important in the win against the Swans, while the return of Steph Vick has been important for experience and leadership through the mid-court.

Ash Mangan and Lauren Jones will be hard to breakdown in the defensive third.

Benalla shooters Bridget Hill and Chloe Elliott coupled with defender Megan Morrison will need to play well for the home team to be a chance of breaking their duck. Tip: Echuca.


Seymour sent a warning to its other premiership rivals when it scored its best win of 2024.

The Lions accounted for the previously undefeated Mooroopna and it had to do it the hard way.

After giving up a 10-goal lead in the second quarter, the Lions put together its best two quarters of netball to overcome the Cats by three goals.

Defender Sarah Szczykulski was a standout as always.

Not only did she get on top of her opponent, she set up many attacking thrusts from the back third

Playing coach and shooter, Ellie Fuhrmeister was on fire in the attacking third.

She was also helped by the work of Lucy Zotti.

If they can continue their form and ensure Rochester shooters, Morgan Digwall and Jarrenhy Webb don’t have any influence, then the Lions should continue their winning form. Tip: Seymour.


This will be a different match-up to what it has been in the past couple of seasons.

While, Euroa will start favourite, coach Ellie Warnock will be warning her players against taking the improved Mansfield lightly given their improvement in 2024, which has included two wins and a string of honourable losses.

The Eagles pushed the Demons last round, losing by three goals.

Alex Ball, Darcy Croxford-Demasi and Nelle Cousins were important in that game for the Eagles.

Kellie Davidson was a standout in the inter-league win by the GVL.

She will be looking to bring that form to the contest today, with support from Eliza Hoare and Sophie Owen and shooter Mia Sudomirski who dropped 41 goals in the win last round.

I think the balance and depth of Euroa will ensure they remain undefeated and at the top of the ladder. Tip: Euroa.