LVFNL Round 9 Netball Preview | Mitiamo fires up for clash with Marong


THE A-grade netball showdown between Mitiamo and Marong highlights this Saturday’s ninth round of the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley FNL season.

In the final hit-out before clubs reach the halfway point of the season, Mitiamo will be fighting to claim a place in the top three.

The Jen Wilson-coached Mitiamo will start Saturday’s game on its court at John Forbes Oval in fourth place and on 20 premiership points.

Marong is second on a win-loss tally of 5-1 and a draw.

In last Saturday’s play, Mitiamo’s mid-court and attack was in top form as the Superoos won 88-29 against Bears-Lagoon Serpentine at Gadsden Finance Serpentine Reserve.

The Sue Borserio-coached Marong won 77-49 on Bridgewater’s court.

Defences for the Superoos and Panthers will be prepared for a busy time.

It’s third against fifth as Pyramid Hill faces Newbridge at Pyramid Hill’s Mitchell Park.

A great run by the Gemma Scott-coached Pyramid Hill includes five wins, a loss, and a draw.

The Bulldogs won last Saturday’s home game against Inglewood by 29 goals.

Newbridge has worked hard to be in fifth place.

A win at Pyramid Hill will give the Maroons a one-win buffer to the sixth-placed Bridgewater which has the bye.

The Selina Holland-coached Newbridge has bounced back from a 28-goal loss at Mitiamo in round five to win its past two matches.

A high for the Maroons was the 51-48 victory against Maiden Gully YCW at Marist College Bendigo in round six.

Inglewood or Calivil United will eye a great chance to mark victory number two when they play on Inglewood’s court at Dissy Machinery Oval.

Jointly coached by Helen Ward and Dianne Wayman, Inglewood marked its return to A-grade by winning its first-round match at home against Bears-Lagoon Serpentine by eight goals.

The Blues have been winless since then, but did play well in a 33-43 result against Bridgewater at home in round three.

Calivil United is on the rebound from a 40-plus goal loss to Maiden Gully YCW.

The Demons marked a return to Raywood last round, but the Eagles were too strong.

The Chelsea Hicks-coached Calivil United has put some fine matches together.

Best have been a 37-39 loss to Newbridge at Calivil in round one, and a 42-36 result at Bridgewater in the sixth round.

It’s first against ninth as Maiden Gully YCW hosts Bears-Lagoon Serpentine at Marist College Bendigo in Maiden Gully.

The Adam Boldiston-coached Maiden Gully YCW has had just the one slip-up in its pursuit of back-to-back premierships.

Latest hit-out for the Eagles ended in a 68-26 victory against Calivil United on the Raywood Recreation Reserve court.

It’s been a tough season for the .Stacee Burns-coached team from Bears-Lagoon Serpentine.

The Bears will be doing all they can to limit the Eagles’ quick passes from defence through mid-court and into attack, but it’s a daunting task.

Bridgewater has the bye.

Standings in the Loddon Valley FNL’s A-grade netball competiton:

Maiden Gully YCW 169 per cent, 24 points; Marong 177, 22; Pyramid Hill 121, 22; Mitiamo 159, 20; Newbridge 107, 16; Bridgewater 80, 16; Calivil United 70, 4; Inglewood 44, 4; Bears Lagoon-Serpentine 48, 0.