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Tigers roar in return to A-grade netball action

KYNETON blitzed Golden Square in Saturday’s start to the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball competition.

The Tigers roared in their return to the top grade at Kyneton Showgrounds.

Goalers Michelle Fletcher and Hayley Page were in top form as the yellow and black scored a 59-19 victory under lights.

The Tigers’ best included Emma Webb in defence, and Brooke and Rachelle Mangan in mid-court.

For Kyneton the focus now switches to the round two showdown at Gisborne on Good Friday.

Gisborne’s A-grade team had a first-round bye as the club played at Castlemaine.

In other round one matches on Saturday, Sandhurst fought from a two-goal deficit at half-time to score a  53-48 win on Kangaroo Flat’s court at Dower Park.

A highlight for Sandhurst was the return of co-coach Heather Oliver to the goal circle where she rarely missed a shot.

The play of Imogen Sexton in defence and mid-court star Meg Williams were key factors in Sandhurst’s hard-fought victory.

For Kangaroo Flat, Chelsea Sartori starred in the centre and Kate Burton was strong in defence.

Maryborough made a great start to the season as it beat South Bendigo at the QEO.

The Pies won a high-scoring contest, 60-52.

There were plenty of contributors in the Magpies win as Eliza Roughead starred in defence.

Jordan MacIlwain and Keely Hare finished off plenty of the attacking moves, and wing defence Alicia Cassidy again showed why she is one of the competition’s best.

Eaglehawk scored a 55-40 win on Strathfieldsaye Storm’s court in Tannery Lane.

Six clubs will play in the league’s second round on Good Friday.

Eaglehawk takes on South Bendigo at Canterbury Park from 2.30pm; Gisborne plays Kyneton at Gardiner Reserve from 3.20pm; and Sandhurst plays Strathfieldsaye from 6pm under the QEO lights.

On Easter Saturday the action is at Golden Square when the blue and gold takes on Kangaroo Flat from 3.20pm.

Maryborough has a bye as Castlemaine is not fielding an A-grade netball team.

The Bendigo FNL A-grade netball ladder:

Kyneton 310 per cent, 4 points; Eaglehawk 137, 4; Maryborough 115, 4; Sandhurst 113, 4; Gisborne 0, 4; Kangaroo Flat 88, 0; South Bendigo 86, 0; Strathfieldsaye 72, 0; Golden Square 32, 0.

 
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