A 10-goal victory on Maiden Gully’s court has given Newbridge a psychological edge going into next Sunday’s elimination final in the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s A-grade netball action.
The Eagles and Maroons met in last Saturday’s 18th round of the home and away series at Marist College Oval in Maiden Gully.
Despite the difficult conditions, both line-ups played great netball in the Bendigo Bank round which was a way for AFL Central Victoria and the Loddon Valley FNL clubs to acknowledge the bank’s long-running support of football and netball across the region.
At the final whistle of the A-grade netball clash, Newbridge led the Maiden Gully YCW Eagles, 45-35.
In other A-grade matches, Bridgewater scored a 68-28 win on Marong’s court.
Calivil United’s defence worked extremely well to limit Bears Lagoon Serpentine to 14 goals at Serpentine.
The Demons warmed up for another finals campaign with a 48-14 victory.
The ladder-leading Mitiamo had another break as it was drawn to play Inglewood.
Pyramid Hill had the bye.
The finals action begins next Saturday when qualifying finals are played at Inglewood.
Teams will be fighting to keep their season alive in Sunday’s elimination finals at Newbridge.
Final standings after 18 rounds in the Loddon Valley FNL A-grade netball competition:
Mitiamo 56 points, 138 per cent; Bridgewater 54, 154; Calivil United 52, 140; Newbridge 38, 96; Maiden Gully YCW 32, 102; Pyramid Hill 28, 101; Marong 20, 66; Bears Lagoon Serpentine 8, 41.
Qualifying finals on Saturday at Empire State Hotel Oval, Inglewood:
A-grade: Bridgewater v Calivil United.
B-grade: Maiden Gully YCW v Mitiamo.
C-grade: Maiden Gully YCW v Mitiamo.
C reserve: Bears Lagoon Serpentine v Pyramid Hill.
17-under: Calivil United v Maiden Gully YCW.
Elimination finals on Sunday at Adroit Insurance Group, Riverside Park, Newbridge:
A-grade: Newbridge v Maiden Gully YCW.
B-grade: Calivil United v Pyramid Hill.
C-grade: Bridgewater v Newbridge.
C reserve: Inglewood v Bridgewater.
17-under: Bridgewater v Pyramid Hill.