THE unbeaten Elmore takes on Colbinabbin in this Saturday’s third round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League.
They met just three weeks ago in the season opener and the Bloods and Grasshoppers do battle again.
On April 2 it was Elmore which triumphed on Colbinabbin’s court at M.J. Morgan Oval, 55-41.
Unbeaten in the 2021 campaign, Elmore has started this season in hot form.
The Bloods followed up the win at Colbo by scoring a home-court win against Mount Pleasant by 16 goals and then an 81-36 result in last Saturday’s match at North Bendigo’s Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.
It will be another daunting test for the Colbinabbin team, especially through the mid-court and defence.
Elmore has averaged more than 65 goals a game.
After a stunning first-up win on Huntly’s court, Leitchville Gunbower will be eyeing consecutive victories when it takes on Lockington Bamawm United at Gunbower.
The LG Bombers played brilliant netball to score a hard-fought 47-32 win at Huntly’s Strauch Reserve.
Although yet to win, Lockington Bamawm United has shown a lot of improvement in a 41-61 result at White Hills and last week’s five-goal loss to Heathcote on the Cats’ court.
White Hills will be confident of marking up win number three when it plays North Bendigo on the Demons’ court in Scott Street.
The Demons have not been at full-strength, but have been able to beat LBU by 20 goals and then win on Mount Pleasant’s court in Toolleen by 11 goals.
A tough start to North Bendigo’s season rolls on.
The team in red, white and blue has faced or will face the league’s most formidable netball squads of recent years in three consecutive rounds.
After a 13-goal loss at home to Heathcote in the season opener, North Bendigo then travelled to Colbinabbin and was then back at Atkins Street to play the formidable Elmore line-up.
Heathcote and Mount Pleasant meet on the Saints’ court at Barrack Reserve.
The Saints will be determined to make it three wins from four starts as Mounts strives to break its season duck.
Heathcote won the season’s first game at North Bendigo, but was then beaten at home by Huntly.
The Saints bounced back to win last Saturday’s game at Lockington.
It’s also been a daunting run for Mounts against Elmore and then White Hills.
Huntly has the bye.
Standings in the Heathcote DFNL A-grade netball competition:
Elmore 186, 12; White Hills 141, 8; Heathcote 99, 8; Leitchville Gunbower 146, 4; Huntly 105, 4; Colbinabbin 100, 4; Lockington Bamawm United 75, 0; Mount Pleasant 71, 0; North Bendigo 60, 0.
Written by Nathan Dole.