Lions hit back after slow start to finish off gallant Magpies

ON TOP: North Wangaratta defender Tracey Matheson looks to rebound against Moyhu. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

WHOROULY returned to the winners list after two straight losses, accounting for Tatong by only six goals, 29-23.

After a low scoring opening quarter from both sides, Tatong lead the visitors 6-3 at the first break, before Whorouly clawed back to lead by one goal at the next two breaks.

The Lions managed to save their best quarter for last, nudging ahead in a nine-goal to three final quarter, with Ashley Dent’s efforts for Whorouly earning her best on court, followed by Amanda Baxter and Jessica Weltner.

In a match played in similar fashion, Swanpool looked to pull off another upset against fifth placed Benalla, before fading in the fourth quarter to go down by six goals, 44-38.

After initially taking the lead at the first quarter, Swanpool’s pace was slowly overran by the All Blacks, with a two-goal buffer up Benalla’s sleeve heading into the final quarter.

Meanwhile, in one of Moyhu’s most disappointing games this year, North Wangaratta kept the Hoppers goalless in the last quarter, to take a commanding victory 48-13.

Tarrawingee were too strong for King Valley, with a 38-goal winning margin all but strengthening its position in the top four, leaving King Valley languishing in 11th spot.

Ladder leaders Milawa and Greta yet again eased past their opponents, with the Demons streaming past Glenrowan, 94-17, while the Blues were more than convincing against Goorambat, 66-15.

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