Gisborne hoodoo hits Roos once again
THE Gisborne hoodoo struck Kangaroo Flat once again in Saturday’s 16th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
Stung by a one-goal loss to South Bendigo the previous round, a fired-up Gisborne took to its court at Gardiner Reserve to take on the in-form Kangaroo Flat.
The Roos had not won at Gisborne in six seasons and the trend continued.
The Tarryn Rymer-coached Gisborne applied a lot of pressure in all thirds of the court and capitalised in attack to complete a 45-40 victory in which goal attack Claudia Mawson, Kirby Elliott and Maddy Stewart played key roles.
Rymer said the win lifted the team’s confidence just weeks from another finals campaign.
Best for the Kangaroos were Carly Van Den Heuvel and Ingrid Hopkins.
The Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroo Flat worked hard to mount several fightbacks throughout the contest, but the team in red, white and blue was able to force and capitalise on turnovers.
Beaten for just the second time this season, Kangaroo Flat also slipped from top to second on the ladder.
The Tamara Gilchrist-coached Sandhurst regained its place on the top rung after an 82-44 win against Maryborough at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
South Bendigo’s winning run kept rolling as the Bloods marked a 57-33 win on Strathfieldsaye Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
Kyneton beat Eaglehawk by 12 goals at Kyneton Showgrounds.
The Tigers reached 50 goals as the Hawks finished the contest on 38.
Castlemaine passed the 80-goal mark at home against Golden Square.
The Magpies’ slick work through mid-court and in attack resulted in an 81-34 win against the blue and gold.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL’s A-grade netball competition:
Sandhurst 186 per cent, 60 points; Kangaroo Flat 195, 56; Gisborne 138, 48; South Bendigo 114, 42; Castlemaine 115, 40; Kyneton 83, 26; Maryborough 80, 20; Eaglehawk 69, 16; Strathfieldsaye 64, 12; Golden Square 45, 0.
In Saturday’s round 17 action, Sandhurst and Kyneton clash at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Golden Square takes to its court at Fur Life Oval in Wade Street to play Gisborne.
Eaglehawk and Castlemaine clash at Canterbury Park in the duel between the Hawks and Magpies.
Kangaroo Flat has home-court advantage against Strathfieldsaye Storm at Dower Park.
Maryborough and South Bendigo do battle in the Magpies’ nest at Princes Park.
Written by Nathan Dole.