SCORES were locked on 48-48 when the final whistle sounded to end the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball match between Eaglehawk and South Bendigo on Good Friday.
A great match between the Hawks and Bloods at Canterbury Park was a highlight in the start to the league’s second round.
South Bendigo struck back from an eight-goal loss in the season opener to Maryborough at the QEO, while Eaglehawk was determined to follow up a 15-goal win at Strathfieldsaye in round one.
Gisborne’s season began in fine style as the red, white and blue cruised to a 13-goal win against Kyneton.
The Good Friday match on Gisborne’s court in Gardiner Reserve ended 54-41.
Chasing a hat-trick of A-grade premierships, Sandhurst showed it’s goalscoring prowess in a 72-34 victory against Strathfieldsaye at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
On Easter Saturday, Kangaroo Flat’s defence was on song as it conceded just 15 goals on Golden Square’s court at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
The Kangaroos bounced back from a first-round defeat to Sandhurst by scoring a 47-15 win against the blue and gold.
In this Saturday’s third round, Strathfieldsaye plays Golden Square at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane; and South Bendigo takes on Sandhurst in the battle of the QEO co-tenants.
Kangaroo Flat meets Gisborne in the match of the day at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park; and Maryborough plays Eaglehawk at Barkers Oval, Princes Park.
Castlemaine faces Kyneton at Camp Reserve, but the Tigers have a rest in A-grade.
Bendigo FNL A-grade netball ladder:
Sandhurst 159 per cent, 8 points; Gisborne 131, 8; Maryborough 115, 8; Eaglehawk 6, 117; Kangaroo Flat 146, 4; Kyneton 136, 4; South Bendigo 92, 2; Strathfieldsaye 58, 0; Golden Square 32, 0.