Kangaroos try to break Gisborne’s home-court hold
by Nathan Dole
KANGAROO Flat will strive to end Gisborne’s unbeaten run at home in this Saturday’s round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League.
After last weekend’s general bye, netballers return to the court for some crucial contests in the 12th round.
Match of the day is at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve where the ladder leaders take on the third-placed Kangaroo Flat.
The Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroo Flat faces a huge challenge of ending Gisborne’s unbeaten run at home.
In four matches at home this season, Gisborne’s goals for and against tallies are 232 and 149.
The run includes the 53-38 victory against Sandhurst in round eight.
Gisborne was pushed all match in a 34-31 win at Kyneton before the general bye.
A one-goal loss to Gisborne in round three at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park meant Kangaroo Flat had a win-loss tally of 1-2.
Since then the Roos have played inspired netball to win six matches and draw the other.
Highs for the Flat include the 50-48 win against Sandhurst at the QEO in the 10th round, and a 49-all draw at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park the previous round.
It’s the clash of the QEO co-tenants when Sandhurst takes on South Bendigo.
The round three showdown ended in a 34-goal win for Sandhurst, but South Bendigo has improved dramatically since then.
In its latest game at home, South Bendigo was level on 24 goals with Eaglehawk when play was abandoned because of heavy rain and lightning.
Sandhurst will start favourite, but will be wary of an opponent that has worked hard to be fifth on the ladder and is determined to stay there.
It’s fourth against seventh when Eaglehawk hosts Maryborough at Canterbury Park.
A win for the Magpies would put them within two points of South Bendigo, provided Sandhurst wins at the QEO.
Eaglehawk won at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park by 16 goals in round three.
The Hawks have shown in their win against Gisborne and draw with Kangaroo Flat that they are tough to beat at home.
Strathfieldsaye will be eyeing its third win of the season when Storm plays at Golden Square’s Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Storm played well to be within eight goals of Sandhurst last round at Triple M Park, while Square was on the end of Kangaroo Flat’s goalscoring blitz.
Kyneton has a bye in A-grade as the Tigers are drawn to host Castlemaine at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Matches for A-reserve, B grade and B-reserve will be played between the Tigers and Magpies.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Gisborne 138 per cent, 40 points; Sandhurst 147, 36; Kangaroo Flat 153, 34; Eaglehawk 116, 34; South Bendigo 90, 24; Kyneton 100, 18; Maryborough 76, 18; Strathfieldsaye 78, 12; Golden Square 46, 4.