GVL Netball Round 9


Tatura will be looking to consolidate its place at the top end of the ladder when it welcomes the reigning premier to the Tatura Park courts.

Echuca has got its season back on track with back-to-back wins and it is a team not to be taken lightly as it will only keep building as the season unfolds.

Defenders Lauren Jones and newly announced GVL Hall of Fame inductee, Ash Mangan will look to continue their strong form in the defensive third. They have been outstanding in 2024.

Last round, Maisie Byrne stepped up to A grade and did an outstanding job as did shooter Holly Chadwick.

The Bulldogs produced a strong four quarter effort to push Shepparton down to sixth on the ladder after their 10-goal win.

Shooter, Julia Clarke was prominent in the win with her strong form in the attacking third, dropping 33 of the team’s 54 goals.

She will need to continue their good form against arguably the best defensive duo in the league.

Molly Boyle in the defensive third and Elsie Boyer through the mid-court will be important for their team.

If the Dogs can win more of the key one-on-one duals across the court, then I think they can defeat the Murray Bombers. Tip: Tatura.


Shepparton will be desperate to steer its season back on track when it welcomes the winless Kyabram.

The Bears have lost three of their past four games, including last round to Tatura by 10 goals.

The Bombers remain winless after it was well beaten by the Shepparton Swans.

Youngster, Isla Carver was the shining light for her team. She will be looking to continue her good form.

For the Bears, Sophie Harmer, Paigan Impey and Hannah Crawley were the shining lights in the loss.

Kim Borger dropped 30 of her team’s 44 goals in the loss which saw the Bears slip to sixth place on the ladder, just ahead of the chasing pack.

I think, if she can get on top in the goal circle, the Bears should prove too strong for the young Bombers outfit. Tip: Shepparton.


Rochester will be looking for its first win since April 13 when it welcomes the improved Shepparton United.

The Tigers have lost six games in a row, while the Demons will be looking to return to the winners’ list after going down by eight goals to Mooroopna last round.

Bridgette McCarty in defence, Charlee Roulston through the mid-court and the versatile Eloise Cuttriss will be the ones trying to lead the Tigers to a much-needed win to get their season back on track.

Olivia Kirby in her 150th game was outstanding in defence, Laura Cole through the mid-court was strong while Helen Williams (10 goals) and Nicole Forte had an impact when they came on from the bench.

Charli Boschetti played a consistent game at wing defence.

If these girls can all have an impact, then the Demons should be able to get the win and stay in touch with the top six. Tip: Shepparton United.


The Shepparton Swans will be looking to take its win-loss ratio for 2024 to 5-4 when it makes the trip across to Benalla

The Saints are winless in 2024 and the Swans will be looking to continue that and at the same time win to stay in touch with the top six.

Sophie Garner, Harriet Gall, Elly Jeffery and Natasha Atkinson-Brown, with 34 goals last round will be the players the Swans will look to in leading from the front.

Chloe Elliott in the goal circle and mid-court players, Nat Pritchard and Jac Foster will be important for the Saints if they are to break through for their first win of 2024.

I don’t think the home court advantage will be enough to help the Saints overcome the Swans. Tip: Shepparton Swans.


This promises to be a cracking game of netball that will be worth the entry fee to watch.

There are stars in every third of the court for both teams.

Euroa is undefeated while the Lions are in fourth place with a game in hand against Echuca.

Shooter, Olivia Morris has been brilliant since her return to the team from injury for Euroa

Her battle with Seymour premiership defender, Sarah Szczykulski could well determine who is in front at around 3.45pm this afternoon.

Hollie Reid through the mid-court and Tyler Marchbank was impassable down back last round.

They will be important along with Kellie Davidson through the mid-court.

Lions shooter, Ellie Funrmeister and star defender and versatile Ruby Martin will be important for their team.

They were important as the Lions helped themselves to a 31 goal second half to run-away from Rochester last round.

Ally Black and Sophie Rutherford were others that were important in the Lions win and if they can continue their good form, then the visitors are a big chance of inflicting the Magpies’ first defeat of 2024.

For now, until they get beaten, I am remaining on the Pies bandwagon. Tip: Euroa.