Scores all locked up on Gisborne’s court

SCORES were 43-all at the end of the A-grade netball match between Gisborne and Kangaroo Flat in Saturday’s third round of the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football Netball League season.

The match between two of the competition’s best had many fluctuations.

Playing at home in Gardiner Reserve, Gisborne fought from a five-goal deficit in the last quarter to make it a 43-all result.

The Bulldogs and Roos are unbeaten and hold fourth and third places on the ladder.

Strathfieldsaye Storm coach Steph Freemantle marked her first victory as A-grade coach after a 60-51 victory against Maryborough at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.

Storm surged clear in the last quarter and gained its first premiership points of the season after the campaign began against netball powers Sandhurst and Gisborne.

Strathfieldsaye will be aiming for consecutive wins when it treks to Golden Square next Saturday.

The unbeaten run for Sandhurst rolled on as the Maroon and Blue outpointed Golden Square, 76-24 at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

In just three matches, Sandhurst has scored 211 goals and 85 against.

The maroon and blue travels to Bendigo Mazda Oval in Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park to take on the Roos in Saturday’s fourth round.

Eaglehawk hosted Castlemaine at S & R Park in Canterbury Park, but the Magpies are not fielding an A-grade team this season.

A great start to South Bendigo’s season rolled on as the Bloods won 33-27 under lights at Kyneton Showgrounds.

After a rest in round one, South Bendigo has defeated Eaglehawk on the QEO by two goals and then won in Tigers territory.

A big test for the Jannelle Hobbs-coached South Bendigo will be next Saturday against Gisborne at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Maryborough hosts Eaglehawk at Barkers Oval in Princes Park.

Golden Square takes on Strathfieldsaye at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.

Kyneton is drawn to play Castlemaine, so the Tigers have a break in A-grade, but will play the Magpies in the lower grades at Camp Reserve.

Standings in the Bendigo FNL A-grade netball competition:

Sandhurst 248 per cent, 12 points; South Bendigo 112, 12; Kangaroo Flat 213, 10; Gisborne 145, 10; Strathfieldsaye 78, 4; Eaglehawk 60, 4; Kyneton 58, 4; Maryborough 56, 4; Golden Square 47, 0.

Written by Nathan Dole