Valley Stars in top win
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
VALLEY Stars took advantage of a weakened Yaralla Dynamic Falcons to earn an impressive 51-22 Gladstone Netball Association division one win at Memorial Park on Tuesday night.
It was always going to be tough for the defending premiers who started with five players against the team they beat in last season's grand final.
The Stars were well-served by skipper Tracey Calis, Natalie Hamilton and Ellie Geljon, while centre Corrine Bradley played a blinder.
Falcons' best were reigning A grade player of the year Carly Cooke, young guns Shenay Weyers and Brittney Keen and defender Natalie Peut. Yaralla Eagles have shown they are a genuine premiership threat after an impressive 44-10 win over Yaralla Kestrels.
Missing key players Angela Horn and Bridget Aldridge, the Kestrels did it tough against a quality Eagles line-up. Meanwhile, Yaralla Condors scored their debut division one victory by the barest of margins, defeating an unlucky Devils Red 35-34.
In a thriller, both sides threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other only to be separated by a goal at the final siren.
Karen Vogler was Condors' best player, while Kelly Seng played well for Devils who have made a strong return to top level action.