BFNL Netball | Elimination Final PREVIEW

Magpies, Bloods fight to avoid elimination

CASTLEMAINE and South Bendigo will fight to stay in the netball premiership race when they meet in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade elimination final on Sunday.

It’s been a remarkable rise by Castlemaine in its return to the top grade this season.

Jointly coached by Gary Cooke and Fiona Fowler, Castlemaine marked a win-loss tally of 12-6 in the run to the finals.

A highlight for the Magpies was a 47-46 victory against Sandhurst in last Saturday’s 18th round clash at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.

The Magpies have not featured in the A-grade netball finals since 2013.

A huge recruiting coup by the club included netting Fowler, who has played at Super Netball Level, and Maddie Carter, a premiership winner in the Victorian Netball League.

The ‘Maine is up against an opponent which has also worked incredibly hard to be in the A-grade finals.

The Jannelle Hobbs-coached South Bendigo was beaten in the 2019 elimination final, but there have been a few changes to the line-up since then.


The Bloods are also on a court they know well.

South Bendigo won 61-46 when it took on the Magpies in round five at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

It was a low-scoring contest in the 14th round at Camp Reserve as Castlemaine took the points in a 45-27 result.

A great run by the Bloods on their court at the QEO included a round 15 win against Gisborne.

Best for South Bendigo in a long-awaited win against the Bulldogs were Olivia Mason at goal attack and teenager Ella Flavell at wing attack.

Key players for the red and white in a must-win final against Castlemaine include Chloe Gray and Chloe Langley.

For the victor it’s a step to a first semi-final against either Sandhurst or Gisborne on September 4.

A big day for South Bendigo includes four teams in action.


South Bendigo takes on Castlemaine in A-reserve.

The Magpies won 42-32 on the QEO in round five, but the Bloods struck back for a 35-29 victory at Castlemaine in the 14th round.

Castlemaine ended the home-and-away series with a win-loss record of 9-6 and a draw, while the Bloods went 9-7.


It’s a South Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye showdown in B-grade.

Record from this season’s meetings stands at two-nil in favour of the Bloods.

South Bendigo won 45-30 at the QEO in round seven.

It was a thrilling finish in the 16th round at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane as the Bloods won 44-43.

Eaglehawk and South Bendigo meet in the B-reserve clash.

The Hawks will start favourite to progress to a first semi-final.


In the round two match on Good Friday, Eaglehawk won 46-40 at Canterbury Park.

The Two Blues powered to a 49-35 win against the Bloods in round 11 at the QEO.

Sunday’s action begins with the 17-and-under match between Maryborough and Golden Square.

In round three, Maryborough won 40-26 on Golden Square’s court at Fur Life Oval in Wade Street.

Just a goal separated the teams when they met in the 12th round at Maryborough’s Princes Park.

On that occasion it was the Magpies who marked a 34-33 victory.


Schedule for Sunday’s elimination finals at QEO:

17-and-under at 10am: Maryborough v Golden Square.

B-reserve at 11.20am: Eaglehawk v South Bendigo.

B-grade at 12.40pm: South Bendigo v Strathfieldsaye.

A-reserve at 2pm: Castlemaine v South Bendigo.

A-grade at 3.20pm: Castlemaine v South Bendigo.


Written by Nathan Dole.