Flat blitzes Sandhurst on Kangaroos’ court
KANGAROO Flat has rocketed to favouritism for the A-grade netball premiership after Saturday’s thumping win against Sandhurst in round 13 of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The Kangaroos dominated play on their court at Dower Park to score a 66-49 victory and ended Sandhurst’s unbeaten streak on 19 games.
Strong defence and excellent passes from mid-court to attack set up a 34-23 lead for the Roos by half-time.
There were many stand-out performers for the Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroos.
Milly Wicks led the defensive pressure for Flat and Ingrid Hopkins also played well.
Lou Dupuy scored more than 50 goals.
Sandhurst coach Tamara Gilchrist said a slow start to the contest was always going to be difficult to make up ground against the Roos’ intensity.
Best for the maroon and blue were goalshooter Bec Smith and goal defence Ruby Turner.
South Bendigo and Kyneton played out another thriller at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The round four match between the teams ended in a draw at Tigerland.
This time the Jannelle Hobbs-coached South Bendigo won a high-scoring clash, 50-44.
Back in A-grade this season, Castlemaine locked in finals appearance after a 59-46 win on Strathfieldsaye Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
Eaglehawk is now seventh after a 51-28 win against Golden Square at Fur Life Oval in Wade Street.
The in-form Gisborne marked another home win at Gardiner Reserve as the red, white and blue scored a 59-23 victory against Maryborough.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL’s A-grade netball competition:
Kangaroo Flat 207 per cent, 48 points; Sandhurst 180, 48; Gisborne 134, 40; South Bendigo 115, 34; Castlemaine 110, 32; Kyneton 82, 18; Eaglehawk 68, 16; Maryborough 78, 12; Strathfieldsaye 69, 12; Golden Square 43, 0.
In next Saturday’s 14th round, Castlemaine plays South Bendigo at Camp Reserve.
Kyneton and Kangaroo Flat clash at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Gisborne hosts Strathfieldsaye at Gardiner Reserve.
Sandhurst and Golden Square meet at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
It’s the battle of the boroughs as Eaglehawk and Maryborough meet on the Hawks’ court at Canterbury Park.
Written by Nathan Dole.