HDFNL Netball | Round 15 PREVIEW

Hawks eye chance to gain break on chasing pack

HUNTLY will eye a great chance to gain a two-win buffer on teams still fighting to gain fifth place in this Saturday’s 15th round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League.

The fifth-placed Hawks will be on their court at Strauch Reserve to take on North Bendigo.

For teams in pursuit of Huntly it will be a tough task.

It’s a logjam just outside the five as Lockington Bamawm United, Heathcote and Leitchville-Gunbower are locked on 16 points each and percentages of 88, 87 and 84.

They will all face higher-placed opponents in a crucial round.

Huntly will start favourite to take the points against North Bendigo.

The Hawks won the sixth-round match for the Golden City Cup at North Bendigo’s Hibo Hotel Oval by 14 goals.

Huntly will be keen to rebound from a 20-goal loss in last Saturday’s play against Mount Pleasant at Toolleen.

The Shellie Davies-coached North Bendigo worked hard in a 50-54 loss at home to Leitchville-Gunbower.

Lockington Bamawm United will aim to capitalise on home-court advantage in their 15-round clash with Mount Pleasant.

In the previous meeting it was the Blues who won by more than 20 goals.

Mount Pleasant has a two-game lead on Colbinabbin in the duel for the all-important double chance at finals time and will not want to slip up against the Cats.

Leitchville-Gunbower will again aim for consecutive wins when the Bombers take on Colbinabbin at Leitchville.

In round five, Colbinabbin won a great match on the M.J. Morgan Reserve court by four goals.

Heathcote faces a daunting task against an Elmore line-up on the rebound from its first defeat in 23 matches.

The Saints will have home-court advantage at Barrack Reserve against the Bloods.

The ladder-leading White Hills has the bye after a great performance to win at Elmore by nine goals on a day Heathcote district marked 60 years of netball action.


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

White Hills 168 per cent, 48 points; Elmore 162, 44; Mount Pleasant 104, 32; Colbinabbin 96, 24; Huntly 81, 20; Lockington Bamawm United 88, 16; Heathcote 87, 16; Leitchville-Gunbower 84, 16; North Bendigo 60, 8.


Written by Nathan Dole.