SOUTH Bendigo will be determined to prove last week’s win against Golden Square was no fluke when it plays Eaglehawk in Saturday’s 15th round of the Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball season.
The Bloods played brilliant netball to score a 39-38 victory against the Square on the QEO court and now face the Hawks at Kennington’s Harry Trott Oval.
Round 15 is more than just goals and premiership points, but also when the BFNL and neighbouring leagues take a stand in the Violence Prevention Round.
The A-grade netballers will wear orange armbands as a show of support and solidarity.
The orange ribbon is the colour designated by the United Nation’s UNiTE to End Violence against women campaign with the colour representing an optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.
“Sport can play a significant part in raising awareness of the importance of respectful relationships,” said AFL Central Victoria Regional general manager Carol Cathcart.
“This weekend we are promoting the message to stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women and girls in our community”.
On the netball front, South is now level on points with Golden Square and Maryborough, and a win against the second-placed Eaglehawk would keep it in the finals equation.
Earlier in the year it was the Hawks who scored an 18-goal victory against South Bendigo at Canterbury Park.
South’s work in all thirds of the court will be crucial against a highly-rated and skilful opponent.
The heat is on Golden Square as it takes on Kangaroo Flat at Wade Street.
The fourth-placed Roos are freshened up after Castlemaine’s forfeit and will start favourite.
In round six, Kangaroo Flat beat the blue and gold by 35 goals.
Sixth on the ladder, Maryborough is at home to play Gisborne at Princes Park.
The Magpies scored a 15-goal victory in their latest duel with Strathfieldsaye on Storm’s court.
Gisborne broke Sandhurst’s unbeaten run in a 50-47 win at Gardiner Reserve last Saturday.
The A-grade players from Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye have a rest, but all other grades play against Kyneton and Castlemaine respectively.
Bendigo Football Netball League A-grade netball ladder:
Sandhurst 50 points, 150 per cent; Eaglehawk 48, 128; Gisborne 44, 134; Kangaroo Flat 38, 117; Golden Square 28, 87; Maryborough 28, 85; South Bendigo 28, 79; Strathfieldsaye 12, 54.