Hawks soar to great victory on Gisborne’s court
by Nathan Dole
EAGLEHAWK soared to an impressive victory against Gisborne in Saturday’s 16th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The Hawks became the first team to win on Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve court this season and are the only team to have beaten the red, white and blue.
A 42-36 victory by the Two Blues also pushed Gisborne from top spot on the ladder.
For the Hawks it was a “must win” clash at Gisborne to stay in the hunt for the crucial double chance at finals time.
Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat are locked on 50 points and third and fourth on the ladder, but the Roos are more than 26 per cent clear.
Stung by its second defeat, Gisborne faces a huge challenge next Saturday when it plays Sandhurst, now top of the ladder, at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Sandhurst line-up dominated play on Golden Square’s court at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
The maroon and blue passed the 50-goal mark for the 10th time this season in a 59-18 victory.
Kangaroo Flat won a hotly-contested match with South Bendigo at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park.
Despite the wet and cold conditions it was a highly-skilled match between third and fifth.
At the final whistle, Kangaroo Flat led 42-30.
Kyneton and Maryborough played out a high-scoring match in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.
A run of four consecutive defeats for Kyneton was broken as the yellow and black scored a 59-53 win against Maryborough.
Strathfieldsaye played on Castlemaine’s court at Camp Reserve in the lower grades, but Storm had a rest in A-grade.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Sandhurst 152 per cent, 56 points; Gisborne 130, 56; Kangaroo Flat 149, 50; Eaglehawk 123, 50; South Bendigo 96, 32; Kyneton 88, 26; Strathfieldsaye 84, 24; Maryborough 77, 22; Golden Square 48, 4.
Highlight of next Saturday’s round 17 action will be the clash between first and second, Sandhurst and Gisborne at the QEO.
The round eight showdown at Gisborne ended in a 53-38 win for the home team.
Eaglehawk returns to Canterbury Park to take on Kyneton.
Maryborough and Kangaroo Flat meet on the Magpies’ court at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
South Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye will play at Harry Trott Oval in Neale Street, Kennington.
Golden Square and Castlemaine will contest the lower grades of netball at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street, but the blue and gold has a bye in A-grade.