GVL | Magpies shock Lions in A-grade boilover

Standout performer: Nakita Singe took home best-on-court honours in the Lions’ loss to Euroa. Photo by Steve Huntley

Euroa produced the biggest upset of the GVL A-grade netball season to date at the weekend, prevailing 43-38 over premiership contender Seymour at Memorial Oval.

After two crushing wins to begin the season, the Lions were overwhelmed by the intense pressure Euroa brought for the entire four quarters.

Magpies goal shooter Bridget Hill was at her dominant best in attack, while coach Ellie Warnock held down the fort with a brilliant defensive effort.

For Seymour, Ella Tenant was the standout, coming on in the third quarter at goal attack and providing an instant offensive spark to bring her team back into the game.

Nakita Singe battled hard in defence, with her consistent drive and defensive influence seeing her recognised as best-on-court.

Speaking post-game, Seymour coach Ellie O’Sullivan praised the intensity of the Euroa side.

“We knew Euroa would be strong and extremely competitive,” O’Sullivan said.

“We’ve got some constructive areas to work on before our match-up against Mooroopna.”

The Lions will be desperate to bounce back next week as they welcome arguably the competition’s best side in Mooroopna to Kings Park.

The scorecards made for much better reading in the lower grades, as Seymour recorded four solid victories.

B-grade made it three from three to begin the new season, coming away with a hard-fought 58-48 win over the Magpies.

Liv Barry was the star for the Lions, creating a number of crucial turnovers and sparking the team on the offensive end to take home best-on-court honours.

The Lions’ B-reserve side was far too good in its clash with Euroa, registering a dominant 57-19 victory.

Sparked by a clinical defensive effort, Layne Lewis was the standout, providing constant pressure and intensity and limiting her opponents’ ability to have an impact.

In the junior matches, Seymour came away with two victories, with the under-17s prevailing 48-22 and under-15s triumphing 30-27 in a tight battle.