Gisborne ends Sandhurst’s unbeaten streak
by Nathan Dole
GISBORNE broke Sandhurst’s unbeaten streak in Saturday’s eighth round of A-grade netball action in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
A big crowd lined the Gardiner Reserve court as Gisborne hosted FightMND Day.
On the rebound from a one-goal defeat at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park the previous round, Gisborne played brilliant netball against the ladder leaders.
The hosts applied plenty of pressure in all thirds of the court to stop Sandhurst’s attacking prowess.
In most matches, Sandhurst has regularly passed the 50-goal mark, but not this time.
The red, white and blue celebrated a 53-38 victory.
Beaten at Gisborne in round 14 last season, Sandhurst was also outpointed by Gisborne in a 57-45 result in the second semi-final.
The teams met in the grand final a fortnight later and it was Sandhurst which reigned supreme, 53-47.
In other matches on Saturday, Eaglehawk was too strong for Kyneton at Tigerland in Kyneton Showgrounds.
The Hawks followed up a great win against Gisborne by scoring a 56-35 win on Kyneton’s court.
Kangaroo Flat charged to a big lead in the opening quarter of its clash with Maryborough at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
The Magpies put in a spirited fightback in the second to be within six goals at half-time, but the Kangaroos skipped clear after the break to score a 57-36 victory.
South Bendigo kept the heat on Kyneton in the fight to grab fifth place.
A 53-44 win against Strathfieldsaye on Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane was the Bloods third victory of the season.
Golden Square took on Castlemaine in the lower grades at Camp Reserve, but the Square took a rest in A-grade.
Bendigo FNL A-grade netball ladder:
Sandhurst 162 per cent, 28 points; Gisborne 137, 28; Eaglehawk 121, 26; Kangaroo Flat 150, 24; Kyneton 100, 14; South Bendigo 87, 14; Maryborough 74, 14; Strathfieldsaye 72, 8; Golden Square 49, 4.
The league hits the halfway mark when round nine is contested next Saturday.
Match of the day will be at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park where the Borough takes on Kangaroo Flat.
Sandhurst is on the rebound from a rare defeat when it plays Kyneton at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Golden Square hosts Gisborne at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Maryborough clashes with Strathfieldsaye on the Magpies’ court at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
South Bendigo is drawn to play Castlemaine at Harry Trott Oval in Neale Street, Kennington.
The Bloods pick up four points in A-grade because of Castlemaine’s forfeit, but other grades will be played.