MARYBOROUGH has home-court advantage as it faces a high-flying Eaglehawk in Saturday’s ninth round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The showdown between the Magpies and Hawks at Princes Park is crucial for the hosts.
After eight rounds, Maryborough has a win-loss record of 2-4 and is a victory adrift of the fifth-placed Golden Square.
In last Saturday’s play the Magpies worked hard on the QEO court but could not halt Sandhurst’s charge to a 26-goal victory.
Eaglehawk teamed well to score an 18-goal win against Kangaroo Flat at Canterbury Park.
Although on the road, the Two Blues will start favourites to mark their sixth win of the season.
On the rebound from defeat, Kangaroo Flat should be too strong for Strathfieldsaye at Dower Park.
South Bendigo broke its winless run at Strathfieldsaye last Saturday and will be confident of playing well against Gisborne.
The Bloods played brilliant netball at times to score a 30-goal win on Storm’s court.
The third-placed Gisborne was stung by a three goal loss at home to Golden Square.
The unbeaten Sandhurst has a rest in A-grade this week, as does Golden Square as both are fixtured to play Castlemaine and Kyneton respectively.
Standings in the A-grade competition after eight rounds:
Sandhurst 32 points, 156 per cent; Eaglehawk 28, 134; Gisborne 20, 129; Kangaroo Flat 20, 116; Golden Square 20, 87; Maryborough 16, 81; South Bendigo 12, 83; Strathfieldsaye 8, 50.