Nagambie appears to be hitting its peak at the right time of the season.
A consistent four-quarter performance saw the Lakers run away with a comfortable 29-goal win over Violet Town.
It was a critical win for the Lakers, which defeated Avenel but then dropped to Stanhope just two weeks ago.
‘‘We had a much closer game with them last time, we only ran away with it in the last quarter, so I was really pleased with how the girls put a consistent four-quarter performance together,’’ Nagambie coach Abby Misiti said.
Bianca Willis and Sharni Lloyd combined beautifully in the goal circle in what Misiti described as one of their best performances of the year.
‘‘Everything seems to have clicked between Bianca and Sharni, they rotated really well, their movement was nice in attack and they both goaled beautifully,’’ she said.
The pair proved to be tough work for Violet Town’s defenders and should prove a challenge for Tallygaroopna this week.
Morgan Zotti stepped in to fill the void left by the unavailable Katie Sullivan.
Zotti played a stellar game in wing attack and centre, both positions in which she doesn’t normally play.
Combined with Sarah O’Sullivan, the pair were unstoppable through the midcourt.
The Lakers have gone from strength to strength this season.
They’ve secured a top-three spot and a finals berth but the stakes could not be higher.
This week the Lakers host Tallygaroopna, which are currently equal on points with Nagambie but sit above them in second on percentage.
‘‘It’s a massive game, a top-two spot is up for grabs and that was one of our goals at the start of the year,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘We beat Tally by 10 goals earlier in the year but they were missing their best centre and one of their defenders.
‘‘I think it will be a very close contest, they’re very in-form and they have a very flexible side.’’
The winner should safely secure second spot but the minor premiership could also be up for grabs; the injury-struck Avenel currently only just clings to top spot.
‘‘We’re really looking forward to a tussle and coming into the end of the year, it’s nice to be playing another side who’ll be playing in the finals,’’ Misiti said.
A great effort from everyone, but it wasn’t our day.
With four of our regular players enjoying a mid-year break in Fiji, our fill-ins did a great job to keep up with a strong Violet Town side.
A big congratulations to Hannah Tranter on her marriage to Mick Shiels on the weekend, from all of the girls in B-grade.
Score: Violet Town 39 d Nagambie 34.
In cold, wet conditions and with a stand-in coach, we came away with a win against an improved Violet Town side.
It was a slow start to the game and we were only one goal up at the first break.
With a few changes in the mid-court and goals, we slowly increased the lead each quarter.
With good team work and play we were able to hold off a determined Violet Town team.
Score: Violet Town 35 lt Nagambie 46.
Another strong start from the Lakers, creating an even score at quarter time.
Unfortunately in the second quarter we were unable to convert and Violet Town got a 10-goal lead.
The second half was well fought but we weren’t able to rein in the 10 goals.
Awards went to Lucy Zotti, Tasman Taylor-Lloyd and Alicia McLeod.
Lucy and Alicia worked tirelessly in defence and Lucy was the main contributor in bringing the ball out to our attackers.
Tasman demanded the ball in attack and created lots of opportunities.
Score: Violet Town 37 d Nagambie 27.
What a fantastic team effort.
Shae, Sarah and Sophie goaled beautifully against some tight defence.
Amelia and Mik’s defending was outstanding, pressuring Violet Town to create turnovers that Nagambie was able to capitalise on.
Bree ran the centre beautifully and Lexie had her game of the season.
Ada had a go in WD and proved she really can play anywhere.
The awards went to Shae, Amelia and Bree.
Score: Violet Town 10 lt Nagambie 41.
— Lower grade reports
supplied by Nagambie FNC