HDFNL Netball | Round 14 Preview

Netballers mark 60th year of competition

THE Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League will mark 60 years of competition across this Saturday’s 14th round of the ’22 season.

A highlight will be A-grade clash between the unbeaten Elmore and the second-placed White Hills on Elmore’s court.

The Bloods had the bye last round and will be determined to keep the winning streak rolling in a contest that features two likely grand finalists.

Plenty of goals were scored when White Hills hosted Elmore in round five at Scott Street.

Pressure was high from the first pass until the last as Elmore won 62-55 in the Demons’ den.

The Lauren Bowles-coached White Hills goes into this match with confidence high and determined to end Elmore’s incredible winning streak.

Forcing and capitalising on turnovers will be a key to the Demons’ chances.

As Elmore had a rest last week, White Hills scored a 54-31 win at home against Colbinabbin.

Another big match in the 14th round will be at Toolleen where Mount Pleasant takes on Huntly.

The third-placed Mount Pleasant scored a 55-33 win in last Saturday’s match at Gunbower against Leitchville-Gunbower.

The Carine Comer-coached Mount Pleasant marked a strong finish to its round five match at Huntly to score a 58-41 win against the Hawks.

A win for the fifth-placed Huntly on the Blues’ court would put it eight premiership points clear of Lockington Bamawm United which has the bye.

The Hawks played well to score a home-court win against LBU by five goals last round.

Colbinabbin and Heathcote clash at M.J. Morgan Reserve in Colbinabbin.

Just two goals separated these teams when Colbo won at Barrack Reserve in round five.

The Grasshoppers are on the rebound from a 13-goal loss at White Hills, while the Saints scored a 43-36 victory against North Bendigo.

A win could lift Heathcote to the fifth rung, provided Huntly is beaten.

North Bendigo takes on Leitchville-Gunbower at Hibo Hotel Oval in North Bendigo’s Atkins Street.

The Shellie Davies-coached North Bendigo broke a run of four defeats when it scored a 40-37 win at Leitchville in the fifth round.

The LG Bombers will be keen to mark their fourth win of the season.

Lockington Bamawm United has the bye.


Standings in the Heathcote DFNL’s A-grade netball competition:

White Hills 175 per cent, 44 points; Elmore 173, 44; Mount Pleasant 100, 28; Colbinabbin 94, 20; Huntly 83, 20; Lockington Bamawm United 88.6, 16; Heathcote 88.4, 16; Leitchville-Gunbower 82, 12; North Bendigo 57, 8.


Written by Nathan Dole.