LEOPOLD netballers have ended Colac Tigers’ three-game winning streak.
The second-placed Lions overcame a competitive Tigers outfit, 49-36, and handed Colac its first loss in a month.
Tigers defender Tahlia Jeffreys worked to contain Leopold’s Bree Cail, 20 goals, while Lions attackers Emma Allwright, 16, and Rachel King, 13, worked well in their attacking circle.
Colac goaler Courtney Cuolahan, 27 goals, moved to the top of the GFL netball scorers table while Alana Park overcame an ankle injury and shot nine goals.
Tigers coach Rebecca Finn said Leopold’s defenders made scoring difficult.
“Our attackers were up against it; their two defenders were huge so every shot had to count, there were no offensive rebounds,” she said.
“And Leopold are strong through the midcourt and very quick on the drive so they set their goalers up really well.”
Finn said Jeffreys had a solid game against Cail.
“Tahlia Jeffreys had a sensational game in goal defence, she really shut down Bree Cail and did a nice job on her,” she said.
“It’s a credit to our defenders, they did a good job.”
Colac has missed finals but can finish as high as seventh if it beats Geelong West-St Peters this week.
Leopold takes on fourth-placed Bell Park but appears set to finish second and claim a valuable finals double chance.
Reigning premier South Barwon plays lowly Newtown and Chilwell in round 18 and will claim the minor premiership with a superior percentage to Leopold.
In other GFL netball games, Lara outlasted Geelong West-St Peters, South Barwon beat St Albans and St Marys won against Bell Park.
Newtown and Chilwell beat North Shore and St Josephs won comfortably against Grovedale.