Kangaroos hop to victory on home court against Sandhurst
Written by Nathan Dole
KANGAROO FLAT ended Sandhurst’s winning streak in Saturday’s fourth round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League.
The clash between two clubs who met in the 2019 grand final was closely-fought on the Roos’ court at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Desperate for the full points after a draw at Gisborne the previous round, the new-look Kangaroo Flat did so against the talented Sandhurst line-up.
At the final whistle it was the Kangaroos in front, 51-46.
Golden Square celebrated a long-awaited victory.
The blue and gold had not won since the eighth round of the 2018 season when it triumphed at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve by three goals.
On Saturday, Golden Square fought on superbly to score a 38-36 result against Strathfieldsaye at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Storm was eyeing back-to-back wins, but it was the Benita Swatton-coached Golden Square which would not be denied this time.
South Bendigo and Gisborne played out a high-scoring match at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Bloods were in pursuit of three wins in a row, but it was Gisborne which took the points in a 48-40 result.
Eaglehawk was too strong for Maryborough at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
The Hawks won 55-33 on the Magpies’ court.
Kyneton had a rest in A-grade, but the Tigers took on Castlemaine in the lower grades at Camp Reserve.
League standings also changed as Kangaroo Flat jumped to top of the ladder and Gisborne, which is also unbeaten, moved to second.
Bendigo FNL A-grade netball ladder:
Kangaroo Flat 178 per cent, 14 points; Gisborne 137, 14; Sandhurst 188, 12; South Bendigo 100, 12; Eaglehawk 85, 8; Kyneton 58, 8; Strathfieldsaye 81, 4; Golden Square 58, 4; Maryborough 57, 4.
In next Saturday’s fifth round, Sandhurst plays South Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Strathfieldsaye hosts Kangaroo Flat at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
Kyneton and Eaglehawk clash at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Maryborough faces a confident Golden Square at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.
Gisborne will meet Castlemaine in the lower grades at Gardiner Reserve, but the Magpies are not fielding an A-grade netball team.