Tigers, Pies prepare for tough fight
by Nathan Dole
THE finals aspirations of Kyneton and Maryborough could roll on or be severely dented in this Saturday’s 13th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League.
Kyneton faces a huge challenge on Kangaroo Flat’s court at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Maryborough is home at Barkers Oval in Princes Park for its clash with Sandhurst.
The Tigers and Magpies are desperate to stay in touch with the fifth-placed South Bendigo which should take the points against Golden Square at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Kangaroo Flat is on the rebound from a 35-39 loss in last Saturday’s play on Gisborne’s court at Gardiner Reserve.
The Roos put in a superb effort to almost topple the ladder-leaders.
Back home, Flat is likely to have too much goalscoring power for Kyneton to limit.
The round four showdown between the Roos and Kyneton at Tigerland ended in a 40-31 victory for the visitors.
Kyneton will have been freshened up by last week’s bye as it was drawn to play at home against Castlemaine.
In the run to the finals, Kyneton faces Strathfieldsaye at home, plays South Bendigo at the QEO, Maryborough at home, at Eaglehawk, and Sandhurst at Tigerland.
The Magpies at Maryborough will be aiming to keep the pressure at a high level in every quarter of Saturday’s clash with Sandhurst.
Last round, Sandhurst hit or soared past the 60-goal mark for the seventh time this season as the maroon and blue scored a 67-49 victory against QEO co-tenant South Bendigo.
A great run for Maryborough to complete the home and away series includes home games against Golden Square in round 14, Gisborne in round 15, and Kangaroo Flat in round 17.
The Pies head to Kyneton for the 16th round, and Strathfieldsaye’s Triple M Park in the 18th.
It’s a huge day at Strathfieldsaye’s Triple M Park as Storm celebrates its 10-year anniversary in the Bendigo Football Netball League.
Storm will be determined to perform well against the formidable Gisborne team.
In round four, Strathfieldsaye played brilliant netball at Gisborne to score 37 goals and keep the red, white and blue to 47.
Storm netted its third win of the season in last week’s 34-22 result at Golden Square.
South Bendigo will start favourite to achieve its fifth win when it plays Golden Square at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
A win for the Bloods could give then a six-point buffer on Kyneton and 10 on Maryborough, unless the Tigers and Magpies upset the Roos and Dragons.
South Bendigo’s run across the last five rounds of the regular season is Gisborne at Gardiner Reserve, Kyneton at QEO, then at Kangaroo Flat, and a clash with Strathfieldsaye at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.
The Bloods have the bye in the 18th round.
Eaglehawk is third on the A-grade ladder and has a rest this Saturday as Castlemaine does not field a team in the top flight.
The Hawks and Magpies will play in all other four grades at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Gisborne 136 per cent, 44 points; Sandhurst 146, 40; Eaglehawk 123, 38; Kangaroo Flat 147, 34; South Bendigo 88, 24; Kyneton 100, 22; Maryborough 73, 18; Strathfieldsaye 82, 16; Golden Square 47, 4.