MOUNT Pleasant won a thrilling A-grade netball clash with Leitchville Gunbower as both teams began their Heathcote District Football Netball League season on Saturday.
The Blues fought on to win 31-30 at Leitchville.
Further south and it was Lockington Bamawm United which bounced back from a big defeat the previous Saturday to beat Heathcote.
The LBU Cats won 36-34 at Lockington.
Tipped by many league followers as a team on the rise this season, North Bendigo was too strong for Huntly at Atkins Street.
North Bendigo won 52-43 and reclaimed the Hayes Simpson trophy.
The best on court medal was earned by Meg McGlone.
The North Bendigo line-up capitalised on home-court advantage to win a high-scoring showdown with the Hawks, 52-43.
Colbinabbin was too slick at Elmore.
The Grasshoppers won 62-33.
Two contests will be played on Good Friday.
White Hills plays Mount Pleasant at Scott Street; and Colbinabbin hosts Lockington Bamawm United at M.J. Morgan Reserve.
Easter Saturday fixtures are Huntly against Elmore at Strauch Reserve; and Leitchville Gunbower faces North Bendigo at Leitchville.
Heathcote has the bye.
Heathcote DFNL A-grade netball ladder:
White Hills 350 per cent, 4 points; Colbinabbin 187, 4; North Bendigo 120, 4; Mount Pleasant 103, 4; Lockington Bamawm United 53, 4; Leitchville Gunbower 96, 0; Heathcote 94, 0; Huntly 82, 0; Elmore 53, 0.