Hawks fight to hold double chance against Kangaroos
by Nathan Dole
SEPARATED by just two points, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat clash in this Saturday’s ninth round of A-grade netball action in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League.
The showdown between the third-placed Hawks and fourth-placed Roos will be at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.
It’s another crucial round for several teams as they aim to climb into the top five or strengthen their position.
The Hawks have a win-loss tally of 5-1 and a draw.
Kangaroo Flat’s tally is 5-2.
Both teams going into this contest in great form.
Eaglehawk’s winning run in June is a 48-47 win at home against Gisborne and a 56-35 victory at Kyneton.
After a one-goal loss to Gisborne at home in round three, Kangaroo Flat has bounced back to beat Kyneton by nine goals, Strathfieldsaye by 26, South Bendigo by 33, and Maryborough by 21.
There is plenty of goalscoring power in the Borough and Flat line-ups.
Being able to control mid-court for longer and racking up intercepts will be keys to victory.
For the first time in a long time, Sandhurst is on the rebound from defeat.
Despite a 15-goal loss at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve, Sandhurst still leads the competition.
Sandhurst takes on Kyneton at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The teams in maroon and blue, and yellow and black will be desperate to play well.
Kyneton’s run in the past three rounds is an 11-goal loss at home to South Bendigo, a 50-all draw at Maryborough, and 21-goal goal loss to Eaglehawk at Tigerland.
The attacking flair of Sandhurst was kept in check brilliantly by Gisborne for most of last Saturday’s contest.
Scores of 72, 62, 60, 67 and 68 prove what Sandhurst can do when it’s on a roll.
Another defeat could send Kyneton toppling from the five and South Bendigo moving up without having to take to the court.
South Bendigo faces Castlemaine in the lower grades at Kennington’s Harry Trott Oval, but the Bloods take a rest in A-grade.
Maryborough hosts Strathfieldsaye at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
The Magpies drew their most recent home game with Kyneton and were beaten in last week’s clash on the Kangaroos court at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Win and Maryborough stays in contact with the Tigers and Bloods.
Storm was beaten by South Bendigo in last week’s clash at Triple M Park by nine goals.
Strathfieldsaye has achieved just the one victory, but take the points at Maryborough and it stays in the race for a top-five berth.
The in-form Gisborne makes the trek up the Calder to play Golden Square at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
It will be another tough afternoon for the young Golden Square line-up which had the bye last round.
Standings in the Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball competition after eight rounds:
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.