Magpies take out a thriller

It was a narrow miss for Romsey A Grade netballers after losing to Wallan 31-30 at home in soaking wet conditions on Saturday.

Wallan started the match well, taking a six-goal lead into half time.

The Magpie shooters held strong heading into the final quarter, but a five-goal advantage was nearly taken away as Romsey came out firing in the final term.

Romsey coach Luke Marko Rawlings said the girls did it tough in the heavy rain.

“It was so hard to adapt to conditions that you couldn’t train for. It took us a good quarter and a half to really adjust and hit our stride with our defensive combo of Symes and Danni really stepping up,” he said.

“The last quarter we attempted to make a comeback with Becca and Rhi really shining in our shooting circle but unfortunately couldn’t take it all the way.

“It was great to see the heart from the girls not only playing in monsoon conditions but also to put on a ripper come back as well.”

For the Magpies, Chloe Meulenmeesters was dominant in the circle, shooting 25 goals, while Tess Grimmond played a stellar match at goal-attack.

Other worthy contributors were Gemma Grimmond and Georgia Bowkett.

In other A Grade matches, Diggers Rest dominated Lancefield 35-20 with goal shooter Katharine Dicker scoring 27 goals for the win.

Riddell defeated Broadford 40-35, Rupertswood thrashed Woodend 61-18 and Melton lost to Macedon 23-49.