Hawks ready for test against Gisborne
by Nathan Dole
THE clash between Eaglehawk and Gisborne highlights this Saturday’s seventh round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Football Netball League.
Eaglehawk has home-court advantage at Canterbury Park for what is a crucial contest for both teams.
Although the match is in the Borough, Gisborne will start favourite.
An unbeaten run by the team in red, white and blue has included a one-goal victory at Kangaroo Flat in the third round.
The only other road trip so far was to Harry Trott Oval in Kennington where Gisborne defeated South Bendigo by 20 goals.
On its home court at Gardiner Reserve, Gisborne has defeated Kyneton, Strathfieldsaye and Maryborough.
It’s a testing fortnight for Gisborne which plays at Eaglehawk and then takes on Sandhurst on June 8 at Gardiner Reserve.
Eaglehawk has achieved a draw and loss at home this season.
The Hawks clash with South Bendigo in round two on Good Friday ended in a 48-all draw.
The Borough’s battle with a red-hot Sandhurst in the fifth round ended in a 24-goal victory for the visitors.
Eaglehawk’s defensive pressure played a big part in a 53-20 win at Golden Square last round.
Fresh from the bye, Sandhurst takes on the winless Golden Square at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
It’s a daunting assignment for the young Golden Square line-up against a team which is so strong in all thirds of the court.
Another big match will be Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park where the Magpies take on Kyneton.
These clubs are locked in a duel with South Bendigo to grab fifth place on the ladder.
Maryborough’s run began with an eight-goal win against South Bendigo at the QEO, but was followed by a 16-goal loss at home to Eaglehawk, and a 28-goal defeat inflicted by Sandhurst at the QEO.
Maryborough fought on to win 46-44 at Golden Square in round five, but was outpointed by Gisborne last Saturday.
Kyneton is on the rebound from an 11-goal defeat to South Bendigo at Tigerland.
The Tigers have a 2-3 record going into this contest.
South Bendigo will be determined to prove it’s victory at Kyneton was no fluke when it takes on Kangaroo Flat at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday.
A 53-goal tally was South’s best this season and followed hauls of 52 against Maryborough, 48 in clashes with Eaglehawk and Golden Square.
Strong defence will be a key factor for the Bloods against a talented Kangaroo Flat line-up.
The Kangaroos were 1-2 after three rounds, but spirits were high as they finished with five goals of Sandhurst and a goal of Gisborne.
In its past two hit-outs, Kangaroo Flat has won at Kyneton by nine goals and at Strathfieldsaye by 26 goals.
Strathfieldsaye is drawn to play Castlemaine at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
Storm takes a rest in A-grade, but all other grades will be played.