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Girgarre stuns finals hopefuls Undera

By Aydin Payne

Girgarre has caused a massive upset in the Kyabram District League netball, with a superb seven-goal win against Undera.

The 40-33 win has thrown a spanner in the works to Undera’s finals run, leaving the Lions in languishing in seventh position on the A-grade ladder.

But one team’s disappointment is another’s jubilation, with the Kangaroos clinching their fourth win after 12 rounds of action.

It was a brutal contest at Undera Recreation Reserve, with the wet conditions causing problems for the players.

Undera’s Amy Reid left the court in the second quarter, while Girgarre’s Tiarna Morden exited the match with an ankle injury.

The Roos’ Sheridan Barnes was consistent throughout the game and played a strong hand in the attacking third.

Jasmine Werner stood tall in the midcourt with her attacking and defensive skills standing out.

Having recently given birth, A and B-grade coach Chloe Kavanagh has spent time away from the club.

Co-captains Mel Clarke and Jacqui Gahan have been tasked with handling the reins of both sides, and , with Gahan choosing to steer the B-grade side, Clarke with Clarke !was handed the A-grade magnet board on the weekend.

‘‘It was horrible conditions, but both sides had to play in it,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘The match was close all game, it was a really solid battle.

‘‘But I was really proud of the effort from the girls and we were pretty stoked after the game.

‘‘Everyone stood up and played their role across the four quarters.’’

And despite Clarke starting her coaching career with a perfect record, she joked she might have to step aside.

‘‘I might have to stop while I’m ahead and remain 1-0,’’ she said with a laugh.

‘‘Jacqui decided to handle the B-grade, so I was happy to have a crack at the A-grade side.

‘‘This year has been pretty crazy, with Chloe away and the players being new to the side.

‘‘But each week we know we are better than we were the previous game.’’

●In the other round 12 clash, Murchison-Toolamba secured a terrific win against Longwood.

The Grasshoppers ran out 65-16 winners against the Redskirts, tightening their position inside the top six.

Saturday’s win has Murchison-Toolamba two games clear of Merrigum in sixth, while one game behind Tallygaroopna and Nagambie.