Fight to be fifth rages on netball courts

by Nathan Dole

THE fight to be fifth on the A-grade netball ladder rages on in this Saturday’s 11th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.

A stunning six-goal win by South Bendigo in last week’s clash at Maryborough has put the Bloods in fifth place and a win clear of Kyneton.

Sustained pressure played a big part in South’s victory against the Magpies and the team faces another huge challenge in this round.

South Bendigo returns to the Queen Elizabeth Oval court to take on the third-placed Eaglehawk.

When these clubs met in round two on Good Friday a spirited contest ended in a 48-all draw on the Canterbury Park court.

In this season’s action, Eaglehawk has featured in several dramatic finishes.

The Hawks’ showdown with Gisborne at Canterbury Park in round seven ended in a 48-47 win for the Two Blues.

A fortnight later and Eaglehawk drew 49-all with Kangaroo Flat at Canterbury Park.

South Bendigo’s run in June began with a 33-goal loss to Kangaroo Flat at the QEO, but was followed by a nine-goal win at Triple M Park against Strathfieldsaye.

After a bye, the Bloods played great netball to win at Maryborough.

The seventh-placed Magpies pick up four points this round through Castlemaine’s forfeit.

There will be three netball matches – B-grade, B reserve, 17-under when Castlemaine and Maryborough meet on Saturday at Camp Reserve.

Another big match will be at Kyneton where the Tigers take on the ladder-leading Gisborne.

A tally of three wins, five losses and a draw has Kyneton in sixth place.

The Tigers scored a 22-goal win at Golden Square last Saturday and will face a line-up that’s been defeated just once this season.

In round two, Gisborne scored a 54-41 win against Kyneton at Gardiner Reserve.

Stung by its second defeat of the season, Sandhurst will be fired up for its clash with Strathfieldsaye on Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.

Storm worked hard to score 44 goals in last week’s seven-goal loss at Eaglehawk.

A two-goal defeat inflicted by Kangaroo Flat at the QEO sent Sandhurst from the top rung to second.

In round two, Sandhurst beat Storm by 38 goals, but the margin may be a lot closer this time.

Kangaroo Flat takes on Golden Square at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

The Roos are likely to take a ruthless approach against the blue and gold as they work to claim the double chance for finals time.

Standings in the Bendigo FNL’s 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 101, 18; Maryborough 76, 14; Strathfieldsaye 79, 12; Golden Square 51, 4.

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