Kangaroo Flat wins thrilling netball clash with Sandhurst
by Nathan Dole
KANGAROO Flat scored a stunning two-goal victory against A-grade netball power Sandhurst in Saturday’s 10th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The Roos and Sandhurst played out another thriller on the Queen Elizabeth Oval court.
Kangaroo Flat’s desperation to stay in touch with the league’s top three was clearly on show from the first pass until the last.
It was another nerve-jangling contest for Kangaroo Flat coach Jayden Cowling, the team and supporters.
Fired up after a 49-all draw at Eaglehawk the previous round, Kangaroo Flat was determined to take the points against a team in the top three.
A high-scoring clash between Sandhurst and the Roos ended in a 50-48 victory for the team in green and white.
In round one, Sandhurst won on the Kangaroos’ court at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park by five goals.
Unbeaten in the opening seven rounds, Sandhurst’s run the past three Saturdays is a 38-53 loss at Gisborne, 62-49 win against Kyneton at home, and loss to Kangaroo Flat at home.
South Bendigo is a great chance to play A-grade finals after a 55-49 win on Maryborough’s court at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
The fifth-placed Bloods squared the win-loss ledger at 4-4 and stayed four points clear of Kyneton.
A draw and three defeats for the Magpies so far in June leave them seventh on a 2-6-1 record.
It was a high-scoring contest at Canterbury Park as Eaglehawk faced Strathfieldsaye Storm.
The Hawks drew with Kangaroo Flat at home the previous round, while Storm played well to win at Maryborough by 13 goals.
A 51-44 win by Eaglehawk kept the Two Blues on the third rung and two points in front of the Roos.
Kyneton was too strong for Golden Square at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Although the young Golden Square team had home-court advantage, the Tigers were able to achieve a 45-27 victory.
As the Roos and Sandhurst did battle, Gisborne took a rest as Castlemaine is not fielding an A-grade netball line-up.
The upset at the QEO meant Gisborne moved to the top rung on a win-loss record of 7-1, plus two byes.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Gisborne 141 per cent, 36 points; Sandhurst 148, 32; Eaglehawk 117, 32; Kangaroo Flat 136, 30; South Bendigo 89, 22; Kyneton 18, 101; Maryborough 76, 14; Strathfieldsaye 79, 12; Golden Square 51, 4.
In next Saturday’s play, South Bendigo faces another big test when it takes on Eaglehawk at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Strathfieldsaye meets a fired-up Sandhurst at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.
Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square meet in the battle of the neighbours at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Kyneton and Gisborne clash in Tigerland at Gisborne Showgrounds.
Maryborough has the bye.