Sandhurst dominates second half against Hawks
by Nathan Dole
SANDHURST charged to victory against Eaglehawk in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball clash on Saturday.
For the second time this season Sandhurst was too strong for the Hawks.
An entertaining first half at Queen Elizabeth Oval ended with the maroon and blue in front, 29-27, of the round 14 contest.
Defensive pressure played a big part in the second half as Sandhurst charged to a 60-46 victory which sent the Hawks to the fourth rung on the ladder.
The ladder-leading Gisborne was under pressure all match from South Bendigo at Gardiner Reserve.
A 52-48 victory at home for Gisborne was in stark contrast to the round five showdown between the clubs when the Bulldogs won by 20 goals on the QEO court.
Despite the loss, South Bendigo holds its place on the fifth rung.
A 19-goal loss at home to Strathfieldsaye has made Kyneton’s task to qualify for the finals extremely difficult.
Storm played superb netball across four quarters at Kyneton Showgrounds to score a 56-37 victory.
Earlier in the year, Kyneton won by 15 goals on Storm’s court at Triple M Park.
Strathfieldsaye’s fourth win of the season was its third on the road and followed victories at Maryborough, round nine, and Golden Squre, round 12.
The Kyneton line-up has a win-loss record of 3-8 and a draw to be sixth on the ladder and six points and four per cent behind South Bendigo.
The Tigers and Bloods meet next Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Maryborough stayed in the finals race as it scored a 60-45 win against Golden Square at Barkers Oval in Maryborough’s Princes Park.
Square played well to be within two goals of the Magpies in round five, but Maryborough was too strong this time.
A tough run for Maryborough includes next Saturday’s round 15 clash at home with Gisborne.
Although it did not take to the court because it was drawn to play at Castlemaine, Kangaroo Flat has leapt to the third rung and the coveted double chance at finals time.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Gisborne 136 per cent, 52 points; Sandhurst 146, 48; Kangaroo Flat 153, 42; Eaglehawk 117, 42; South Bendigo 93, 28; Kyneton 89, 22; Maryborough 75, 22; Strathfieldsaye 83, 20; Golden Square 50, 4.
Other matches to be played next Saturday are Strathfieldsaye against Kangaroo Flat at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane, and Eaglehawk faces Golden Square at Canterbury Park.
Sandhurst and Castlemaine play in the lower grades of netball on Sunday, August 4 at Queen Elizabeth Oval.