Fight for fifth rages on league’s netball courts
THE fight to hold fifth place on the A-grade netball ladder rages on in this Saturday’s 16th round of the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League season.
Leitchville-Gunbower has climbed to the fifth rung following a great win at home against Colinabbin, but faces a huge task at Elmore this round.
When these clubs met in round seven it was Elmore which won 70-42 at Leitchville.
The Bombers could slip a rung or two just a week after they jumped from eighth place.
A big match will be at Colbinabbin’s M.J. Morgan Reserve where the Grasshoppers face Huntly.
Both teams are on the rebound from defeat.
Colbinabbin goes into this match a win and 13 per cent clear of the sixth-placed Huntly.
In round seven, the Grasshoppers won 55-39 at Huntly.
The Hawks’ finals hopes copped a jolt in last Saturday’s 38-39 loss to North Bendigo at Huntly’s Strauch Reserve.
North Bendigo stunned Huntly and will be aiming to do so against Lockington Bamawm United.
The Bulldogs have home-court advantage at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.
On the rebound from a 19-goal loss at home to Mount Pleasant, LBU can still make finals, but a loss to the red, white and blue would be costly.
The Cats beat an under-strength North Bendigo by 27 goals in round seven.
White Hills returns to the Scott Street court after a bye to take on Heathcote.
It’s a massive test for the Saints as White Hills won its most recent hit-out at Elmore by nine goals to end the Bloods’ unbeaten run on 23 matches.
The Lauren Bowles-coached Demons are likely to have too much attacking flair for the Saints to stop.
In round seven, White Hills won at Heathcote’s Barrack Reserve by 24 goals.
Mount Pleasant has the bye.
Standings in the Heathcote DFNL’s A-grade netball competition:
White Hills 168 per cent, 48 points; Elmore 158, 48; Mount Pleasant 107, 36; Colbinabbin 95, 24; Leitchville-Gunbower 87, 20; Huntly 82, 20; Heathcote 86.9, 16; Lockington Bamawm United 86.6, 16; North Bendigo 62, 12.
Written by Nathan Dole.