BFNL Netball | Round 17 PREVIEW

Storm fronts Kangaroos on rebound from defeat

STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm faces the daunting task of facing a Kangaroo Flat line-up on the rebound from a rare defeat in Saturday’s 17th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.

Last week’s 45-40 loss on Gisborne’s court at Gardiner Reserve pushed the Roos from the top rung of the ladder to second.

The Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroos will be fired up for this clash with Storm.

When these teams met in round eight it was a 74-23 win for the Roos as Lou Dupuy scored 50 goals in the opening three quarters.

Key players for Kangaroo Flat include Ash Ryan, Chelsea Sartori and Milly Wicks.

It’s been a tough run for Storm which played South Bendigo at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane last round.

Storm worked hard, but the Bloods had too much class in all thirds of the court to complete a 57-33 victory.

Back on top of the ladder, Sandhurst is home at Queen Elizabeth Oval to take on Kyneton.

The Tamara Gilchrist-coached Sandhurst is in pursuit of a fourth consecutive A-grade premiership and has class players in defence, mid-court and attack.

The Dragons won last Saturday’s home game against Maryborough by 38 goals.

In round eight, Sandhurst and Kyneton played in wet and cold conditions at Tigerland.

Sandhurst scored a 53-17 win.

It’s the battle of the Hawks and Magpies as Eaglehawk and Castlemaine clash at Canterbury Park this Saturday.

The round eight match at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve was well fought as the home team won 48-34.

Castlemaine passed the 80-goal mark in last Saturday’s home game against Golden Square and will be determined to put the Hawks defence under pressure from the first pass of this contest.

The Hawks are on the rebound from a 12-goal loss on Kyneton’s court.

Golden Square faces Gisborne at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street.

The blue and gold face a daunting task against a Gisborne line-up which beat Kangaroo Flat last round.

Gisborne’s win against the Roos was a sign the fight for the A-grade premiership may not be a two-team contest.

In-form players for the Tarryn Rymer-coached Gisborne include Kirby Elliott, Claudia Mawson at goal attack, and Maddy Stewart.

Maryborough is on its court at Princes Park to take on South Bendigo.

The Magpies have played some great netball at home this season.

Some of Maryborough’s best results at Princes Park were a 46-50 loss to Castlemaine in round two; a 56-30 win against Eaglehawk in round five; a 46-49 loss to Kyneton in round nine; and 23-goal win against Storm just two weeks ago.

In round eight Maryborough made a great start against South Bendigo, but the Jannelle Hobbs-coached Bloods took control in the next three terms to win 59-43 at the QEO.


Standings in the Bendigo FNL 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.


Written by Nathan Dole