HDFNL Netball | Round 17 PREVIEW


Three teams in fight to claim fifth place

THE fight to decide fifth place on the A-grade netball ladder is far from done in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League season.

Lockington Bamawm United, Leitchville-Gunbower and Huntly are all locked on 20 premiership points going into the 17th round.

Showdown of the round will be at Lockington where the fifth-placed Cats host the fourth-placed Colbinabbin.

Strong defence was a key when the Jessie Hardess-coached LBU claimed a 50-38 win at Colbinabbin’s M.J. Morgan Reserve in round eight.

Another win for the Cats against the Grasshoppers would strengthen LBU’s grip on the fifth rung.

In last Saturday’s play, LBU won 53-35 at North Bendigo’s Hibo Hotel Oval and Colbinabbin scored a 50-37 win at home against Huntly.

Seventh on the ladder, Huntly takes on Elmore this Saturday.

The Hawks have home-court advantage at Strauch Reserve against the second-placed Bloods.

In round eight, Elmore beat the Hawks by 37 goals.

Leitchville-Gunbower faces the ladder-leading White Hills at Gunbower in round 17 action.

The Bombers were outplayed by Elmore last round and take on a Demons line-up which has a 13-1 record.

Rested by the bye, Mount Pleasant returns to the Toolleen court to take on North Bendigo.

It’s third against ninth, but the Blues will be wary after the Shellie Davies-coached Bulldogs scored a 42-37 victory when these clubs last met.

Heathcote has the bye.


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

White Hills 169 per cent, 52 points; Elmore 162, 52; Mount Pleasant 107, 36; Colbinabbin 98, 28; Lockington Bamawm United 90, 20; Leitchville-Gunbower 82, 20; Huntly 81, 20; Heathcote 84, 16; North Bendigo 62, 12.


Written by Nathan Dole.