Round 5 Netball - Maryborough wins exciting duel on Golden Square’s court
by Nathan Dole
MARYBOROUGH clinched a two-goal victory at Golden Square in Saturday’s fifth round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League.
The Magpies and Square had an absorbing duel at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
After battling for goals in the opening four rounds, Golden Square’s form lifted dramatically in what was Kendyl Hopley’s 150th match as a netball coach for the club.
The Maryborough team was coached by Deb Symes, holder of the games record as netball coach at Golden Square.
When the final whistle sounded on Saturday it was Symes and the Maryborough line-up which celebrated a 46-44 victory.
Match of the round was at Canterbury Park where Eaglehawk faced Sandhurst.
Chasing a hat-trick of A-grade premierships, Sandhurst showed it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat.
The Maroon and Blue charged to a 66-43 victory on the Borough’s court.
An evenly-fought opening term ended with Sandhurst in front, 13-10.
By half-time the visitors led 28-20.
Sandhurst dominated for a lot of the second half as it poured in 38 goals and kept the Two Blues to just 23.
Kyneton was too strong for Strathfieldsaye at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
The yellow and black charged to an 18-8 lead at quarter-time.
Strathfieldsaye struck back to reduce the margin to six by the long break.
A high-scoring third term was won by Kyneton, 18-10.
It was goal-for-goal for most of the last quarter as Kyneton went on to win 54-39.
Gisborne scored a 20-goal win against South Bendigo at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.
The red, white and blue went in as favourite and proved too strong for South in a 58-38 result.
Kangaroo Flat played Castlemaine in the four lower grades, but not A-grade, at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Inter-league action is on next weekend.
The league’s sixth round will be contested on May 25.
Gisborne takes on Maryborough at Gardiner Reserve; Golden Square hosts Eaglehawk at Fur Life Vet Oval; Kangaroo Flat plays Strathfieldsaye at Bendigo Mazda Oval; and Kyneton clashes with South Bendigo at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Castlemaine hosts Sandhurst in the four lower grades at Camp Reserve, but there will be no A-grade clash between the Magpies and the maroon and blue.
Bendigo FNL A-grade netball ladder:
Gisborne 127 per cent, 20 points; Sandhurst 179, 16; Eaglehawk 124, 14; Kangaroo Flat 126, 12; Kyneton 121, 12; Maryborough 83, 12; South Bendigo 84, 6; Strathfieldsaye 74, 4; Golden Square 56, 0.