A GREAT battle to grab or hold fifth place on the A-grade netball ladder rolls in this Saturday’s ninth round of the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football League season.
The sixth-placed Huntly has a chance to jump a rung by beating Mount Pleasant on the Hawks’ court at Specialist Breeders Australia Oval in Huntly’s Strauch Reserve.
Huntly’s task will not be easy against the third-placed Mount Pleasant.
There is plenty for the Blues to play for.
A win-loss tally of 4-2 and a draw has Mounts in third place on 18 points and fighting to hold the double chance for finals time.
Lose at Huntly and Elmore could slide a rung or two as the fourth-placed Elmore plays the winless Heathcote at Pigeon Park in Heathcote’s Barrack Reserve.
The Hawks and Blues are on the rebound from defeat.
In last Saturday’s play, Huntly was beaten by 38 goals at White Hills, and Mounts went down by 26 goals in its home game against Colbinabbin at Toolleen.
The fifth-placed North Bendigo faces a huge challenge against the unbeaten Colbinabbin on the Grasshoppers’ court at M.J. Morgan Reserve.
Victorious in the past two rounds, North Bendigo will be keen to achieve what would be a massive upset on Colbo’s court.
In this season’s action, Colbinabbin’s winning margins at home have been 34, 23, 9 and 11 goals.
The Grasshoppers’ most recent home clash ended in a 47-36 win against White Hills in the seventh round.
North Bendigo’s pressure in all thirds of the court and goaling accuracy will be important.
The ladder-leading White Hills heads to Degroot Roof Painting Reserve in Gunbower to take on Leitchville Gunbower.
A 70-20 victory by White Hills in the stand-alone clash with Lockington Bamawm United, brought forward from round 14, has the Demons on top of the ladder.
Stung by defeat at Colbinabbin in round seven, White Hills dominated its latest clash with Huntly.
Leitchville Gunbower is back on court after the bye.
The Bombers have played well to win three contests, but the Demons look too strong.
Elmore will start favourite to beat the Saints at Heathcote.
The Bloods played well to score a 36-goal victory in last Saturday’s home game against Lockington Bamawm United, while Heathcote was beaten by 13 goals on North Bendigo’s court.
Lockington Bamawm United has the bye.
Heathcote DFNL A-grade netball ladder:
White Hills 260 per cent, 28 points; Colbinabbin 175, 28; Mount Pleasant 89, 18; Elmore 109, 16; North Bendigo 88, 14; Huntly 105, 12; Leitchville Gunbower 78, 12; Lockington Bamawm United 51, 4; Heathcote 53, 0.