Gisborne wins challenging clash with Kyneton on home court
GISBORNE was forced to work incredibly hard by Kyneton in Saturday’s 11th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The third-placed Gisborne had home-court advantage at Gardiner Reserve for the clash with the Tigers.
Although Gisborne was hot favourite to take the points, Kyneton applied plenty of pressure across every quarter in the cold conditions.
At the final whistle it was Gisborne which led 43-37.
The league’s two breed of Magpie, Castlemaine and Maryborough met on Castlemaine’s court at Camp Reserve.
The home team passed the 70-goal mark in one of its best performances of the season.
Castlemaine’s mid-court and attack was in superb form on the way to a 76-34 victory.
South Bendigo faced a danger game against an Eaglehawk line-up which had won the previous round against Strathfieldsaye.
The Jannelle Hobbs-coached South Bendigo won 52-34 at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The unbeaten Sandhurst surpassed the 80-goal mark in its match against Strathfieldsaye on Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
The Tamara Gilchrist-coached Sandhurst won 84-39.
Kangaroo Flat was in hot form against Golden Square on the Roos’ court at Dower Park.
The Roos led by 33 goals at quarter-time and went on to win 118-32.
Kangaroo Flat coach Jayden Cowling was rapt with the team’s workrate and skill across four quarters and also praised Golden Square for its performance.
The Golden Square attack was remarkably accurate once the ball was inside the goal circle.
The Bendigo FNL has a general bye next weekend.
Highlights of the 12th round on July 9 will be the clash of the QEO co-tenants in Sandhurst and South Bendigo, and Castlemaine at home to face Gisborne at Camp Reserve.
Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat meet on the Two Blues’ court at Canterbury Park.
Kyneton and Strathfieldsaye will play in Tigerland at Kyneton Showgrounds.
Maryborough hosts Golden Square at Princes Park.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL’s A-grade netball competition:
Sandhurst 202 per cent, 44 points; Kangaroo Flat 210, 40; Gisborne 128, 32; South Bendigo 122, 30; Castlemaine 112, 28; Kyneton 78, 14; Eaglehawk 68, 12; Strathfieldsaye 67, 12; Maryborough 76, 8; Golden Square 40, 0.
Written by Nathan Dole.