Favourites dominate netball showdowns
by Nathan Dole
THE favourites were victorious in all four A-grade netball matches played in Saturday’s 13th round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
Closest margin was at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane where Storm took on the ladder-leading Gisborne.
On a day where SFNC marked its 10th anniversary in the BFNL, all of Storm’s netballers wore outfits that had the names of every netballer who has represented the club.
In round four, Storm played well to be within 10 goals of Gisborne at Gardiner Reserve.
This time though the skilfull Gisborne charged to a 52-28 victory.
South Bendigo took on Golden Square at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Under pressure to hold fifth place, the Bloods responded to the challenge in a 59-31 result.
In a season marked by five wins and two draws, both with Eaglehawk, South Bendigo is now six points of the sixth-placed Kyneton.
Kangaroo Flat blitzed Kyneton at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park.
The Roos won 68-28, which was in stark contrast to the fourth round showdown at Tigerland in which Flat triumphed 40-31.
Sandhurst’s attack was in hot form at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.
The maroon and blue scored a 74-45 win against the Magpies.
Eaglehawk played at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve in the lower grades, but the Magpies are not fielding an A-grade netball line-up.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Gisborne 139 per cent, 48 points; Sandhurst 148, 44; Eaglehawk 123, 42; Kangaroo Flat 153, 38; South Bendigo 93, 28; Kyneton 92, 22; Maryborough 71, 18; Strathfieldsaye 79, 16; Golden Square 47, 4.
After a week’s rest, Eaglehawk will be back on court to play Sandhurst at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Gisborne hosts South Bendigo at Gardiner Reserve.
Maryborough and Golden Square clash at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
The blue and gold was within two goals of Maryborough in the fourth round contest at Fur Life Vet Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street.
A Kyneton victory at home against Strathfieldsaye would put the Tigers back within two points of South Bendigo, unless the Bloods upset Gisborne.
Kangaroo Flat’s netballers head south to play at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve, but there will be no A-grade match.