Kangas aim to leap back to top spot

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KANGAROO Flat will aim to regain top spot on the A-grade netball ladder when it meets Golden Square this Saturday to complete round six in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.

The unbeaten Roos will start hot favourite to take the points at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park.

The Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroo Flat has plenty of skill through mid-court, goaling accuracy, and a strong defence.

Wins by the Roos at Eaglehawk by 41 goals and at home by 58 goals against Kyneton were followed by a 43-all draw at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve.

The Flat showed it’s a strong contender for the premiership when it broke Sandhurst’s unbeaten streak in a 51-46 victory in round four at Dower Park.

In their most recent hit-out, the Roos beat Strathfieldsaye by 32 goals on Storm’s court at Triple M Park.

Key players for the Kangaroos include Abbey and Ashley Ryan, Chelsea Sartori, and Annie Spear.

A young Golden Square team broke through for its first win of the season in round four.

The Benita Swatton-coached Golden Square played great netball to score a 38-36 win against Strathfieldsaye at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.

Although Golden Square has a 1-4 record, it did finish within seven goals of Kyneton in Tigers’ territory in round one.

The blue and gold will be determined to hit back from a 14-goal loss at Maryborough’s Barkers Oval in Princes Park in the fifth round.

Players to watch for Golden Square include Kristen Wilson, Maddy Keighran, Casey Livingstone and Zoe Douglass.

First of the netball matches at Kangaroo Flat will be the 17-under at 11.40am.

Start times for other games are B-reserve at 1pm, B-grade at 2.20pm, and A-reserve at 3.40pm.

The A-grade match between Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square starts at 5pm.

Standings in the Bendigo FNL’s A-grade netball competition:

Gisborne 136 per cent, 22 points; Sandhurst 196, 20; Kangaroo Flat 180, 18; South Bendigo 89, 16; Eaglehawk 92, 12; Kyneton 70, 12; Maryborough 73, 8; Strathfieldsaye 74, 4; Golden Square 60, 4.

A highlight of round seven to be played on May 29 will be Sandhurst against Eaglehawk at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Gisborne takes on Kyneton at Gardiner Reserve.

Golden Square hosts South Bendigo at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.

Maryborough and Kangaroo Flat clash at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.

Strathfieldsaye takes on Castlemaine in the lower grades at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane, but Storm’s A-grade team has a break.

Written by Nathan Dole.

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