By Lachlan Mitchell
The Pakenham Lions were back on court on the weekend after a league bye round for the Queen’s Birthday.
The Lions were on a four-game winning streak when they faced Monbulk at James Bathe Reserve.
Pakenham got off to the perfect start to keep the score tight at quarter-time with nine goals apiece.
A second quarter run from Monbulk opened up a five-goal lead at half time.
Hawks Tarnee Adams and Stephanie Puopolo kept Pakenham’s defenders honest under the ring.
The score line continued to get further and further out of reach for the Lions as Monbulk ran away with a 31-48 win.
The loss sees Pakenham drop to sixth place behind Monbulk.
Pakenham coach Matt Cooke will take the experience and learnings from the match into the rest of the season.
“It was a pretty ugly game to be honest, it was a good learning opportunity for the girls, Monbulk played a style where they all played their role and did a job,” he explained.
“For us it’s a good reminder to remember to play our way and not try and play the way you want to play, but we need to play as a team.
“We are a good team when we play as a team, and when we don’t play together as a unit we will have the same result as Saturday.
”We have a lot of younger kids and they need to know that we need to trust the process and work hard to ensure that we learn, it’s a big learning piece for us.”
ROC felt the full affect of the Narre Warren Magpies.
The Kangaroos couldn’t find their feet in the game and fell behind from the opening whistle.
Erin Bell continued her stellar form for the Magpies putting on 32 goals to lead her side to a 30-goal win.
ROC’s Keeley Burgmann and Sarah Castricum scored 18 and 11 goals respectively.
Wandin had to come from behind to roll over the top of Olinda Ferny Creek.
The Bulldogs closed in on a one-goal three-quarter-time deficit to out muscle Olinda by nine goals.
Wandin’s Abby Gedge scored 34 goals in her sides win.
Upwey Tecoma was never fazed when it rolled past Beaconsfield by 12 goals at Thompson Reserve.
Meanwhile Woori Yallock had to overcome a three-goal margin at the final break to overcome Mt Evelyn.
The Tigers prevailed by seven goals in a masterful display of never say die netball.
Elizabeth Murphy had to rise late finishing with 27 goals.
Gembrook and Cockatoo played out a 42-42 draw on Saturday.
The Brookers led at three-quarter time but a fast finishing Bombers outfit was too strong in the end.
Kaylah Loulanting and Bethany Cross combining for 40-goals in the Bombers win.
Berwick was able to steer past cross-town rivals Berwick Springs by 23 goals with Emily Pupuke and Emma Clarke doing most of the damage.
Seville continued its stellar start to season 2022 with a 17-goal win over Yarra Glen.
Ellie Dowling and Hayley Ray combining for 45 goals.
The win sees Seville remain in top spot with Berwick Springs anchored to the bottom.
Mt Evelyn 39 v Woori Yallock 46
ROC 33 v Narre Warren 63
Olinda Ferny Creek 43 v Wandin 54
Pakenham 31 v Monbulk 48
Upwey Tecoma 47 v Beaconsfield 35
ROC 49 v Narre Warren 53
Olinda Ferny Creek 36 v Wandin 45
Pakenham 41 v Monbulk 48
Upwey Tecoma 42 v Beaconsfield 43
Mt Evelyn 57 v Healesville 13
ROC 31 v Narre Warren 40
Mt Evelyn 55 v Woori Yallock 13
Olinda Ferny Creek 53 v Wandin 29
Pakenham 42 v Monbulk 26
Upwey Tecoma 35 v Beaconsfield 25
ROC 14 v Narre Warren 25
Olinda Ferny Creek 44 v Wandin 29
Upwey Tecoma 31 v Beaconsfield 22
MT Evelyn 30 v Healesville 8
Yarra Glen 31 v Seville 48
Berwick Springs 28 v Berwick 51
Gembrook Cockatoo 42 v Emerald 42
Yarra Glen 38 v Seville 57
Berwick Springs 15 v Berwick 63
Gembrook Cockatoo 50 v Emerald 47
Yarra Glen 26 v Seville 35
Berwick Spring 20 v Berwick 53
Gembrook Cockatoo 45 v Emerald 42
Yarra Glen 20 v Seville 46
Berwick Springs 14 v Berwick 38
Gembrook Cockatoo 34 v Emerald 27
ROC 23 v Pakenham 12
Byes: Berwick, Gembrook Cockatoo
Pakenham 11v Beaconsfield 34
ROC 32 v Narre Warren 16
Pakenham 45 v Gembrook Cockatoo 15
ROC 19 v Narre Warren 40
Berwick 15 v Beaconsfield 27
Pakenham 37 v Beaconsfield 17
ROC 20 v Narre Warren 31
Cranbourne 29 v Berwick 8
Pakenham 21 v Gembrook Cockatoo 19
ROC 16 v Narre Warren 36
Cranbourne 13 v Berwick 23
ROC 15 v Narre Warren 47
Olinda Ferny Creek 22 v Wandin 8
Beaconsfield 42 v Healesville 8
Pakenham 25 v Berwick 19