WHITE Hills withstood a strong challenge from North Bendigo to score an eight-goal victory in Saturday’s 10th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League.
Just three goals separated the teams when they met in round three.
There was plenty at stake as White Hills fought to regain third place after it fell to the fifth rung after being beaten at Huntly the previous round.
The Demons won 53-45 on the court at Tint-A-Car Oval in Scott Street.
Huntly faced a huge challenge against Colbinabbin at Specialist Breeders Australia Oval in Huntly’s Strauch Reserve.
Confidence was high among the Huntly line-up after it beat White Hills the previous round.
The Hawks worked hard, but it was the Colbinabbin Grasshoppers who took the points in a 57-49 result.
It was a thrilling finale to the Leitchville Gunbower and Heathcote match at Degroot Roof Painting Gunbower Reserve.
The Saints won their previous clash with the Bombers at Pigeon Park in Heathcote’s Barrack Reserve by 13 goals.
This time the margin was just two as the Saints fought for a 30-28 victory.
Mount Pleasant marked the trek to Lockington’s Nichol Oval with an impressive victory.
The Blues won 49-27 on the Cats’ court and in the process moved within two points of the fifth-placed North Bendigo.
Elmore had the bye.
Standings in the Heathcote DFNL A-grade netball competition:
Elmore 199 per cent, 36 points; Colbinabbin 151, 32; White Hills 108, 22; Huntly 105, 20; North Bendigo 95, 20; Mount Pleasant 109, 18; Heathcote 69, 12; Leitchville Gunbower 54, 4; Lockington Bamawm United 55, 0.
In next Saturday’s 11th round, Mount Pleasant hosts Huntly in the showdown between sixth and fourth at Toolleen Recreation Reserve.
Freshened up by the bye, Elmore takes on Lockington Bamawm United at Elmore Recreation Reserve.
Colbinabbin plays Leitchville Gunbower at M.J. Morgan Reserve in Colbinabbin.
Heathcote hosts White Hills at Pigeon Park in Barrack Reserve.
North Bendigo has the bye.
Written by Nathan Dole.