THE powerful Sandhurst, Kangaroo Flat and Gisborne line-ups dominated their matches in Saturday’s eighth round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.
Despite the cold conditions, Kangaroo Flat made a hot start to its match on Strathfieldsaye Storm’s court at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
The Roos led 22-4 at quarter-time and had built a 33-goal lead by the main break on the way to a 74-23 victory.
Gun goalshooter Lou Dupuy scored 50 goals in the opening three quarters for the Jayden Cowling-coached Kangaroos who have a 7-1 record.
Strong defensive efforts were a key factor in the Roos’ win, along with the play of Ash Ryan and Chelsea Sartori in mid-court.
At Kyneton the Tigers were up against the unbeaten Sandhurst.
The Dragons fired in all thirds of the court on the way to a 53-17 result.
The third-placed Gisborne took on Golden Square in slippery conditions at Gardiner Reserve.
Gisborne passed the 50-goal mark on the way to a 58-22 victory.
One of the games of the day was at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve where the Magpies took on Eaglehawk.
Although the Hawks have won just two matches they put in one of their best performances of the season on Castlemaine’s court.
The fifth-placed Magpies won a great contest, 48-34.
South Bendigo was outplayed by Maryborough in the opening term at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Jannelle Hobbs-coached South Bendigo lifted after the first break to score a 59-43 victory.
The league hits the halfway mark this Saturday.
A big match will be at Dower Park where Kangaroo Flat takes on South Bendigo.
Eaglehawk and Gisborne clash at Canterbury Park.
Maryborough takes on Kyneton at Princes Park.
Golden Square and Strathfieldsaye will play at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street.
There will be action at Queen Elizabeth Oval on the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend as Sandhurst and Castlemaine meet in the duel between first and fifth.
Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:
Sandhurst 222 per cent, 32 points; Kangaroo Flat 201, 28; Gisborne 133, 24; South Bendigo 121, 22; Castlemaine 104, 20; Kyneton 76, 10; Maryborough 84, 8; Strathfieldsaye 65, 8; Eaglehawk 63, 8; Golden Square 43, 0.
Written by Nathan Dole.