THE sixth-placed Mount Pleasant faces another vital game in this Saturday’s eighth round of A-grade netball in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League.
Mounts will make the trek to Pigeon Park in Heathcote’s Barrack Reserve to take on the Saints.
The Blues are just two points behind fifth-placed Huntly and must win to keep the heat on the Hawks.
In the round seven match played on May 22, Mount Pleasant went down to North Bendigo in a high-quality contest on the Blues’ court at Toolleen.
The North Bendigo line-up won 49-46 and moved back to the third rung on the ladder.
Heathcote’s latest hit-out was at Colbinabbin where the Grasshoppers won 68-35.
The Saints and Blues do battle from 3pm.
It’s third against first as North Bendigo hosts the unbeaten Elmore at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.
Stung by a big loss at home to Colbinabbin the previous round, North Bendigo fought back strongly to defeat Mount Pleasant.
Defensive pressure in all thirds will be a key to North Bendigo’s bid to halt Elmore’s incredible run.
The Bloods have scored more than 450 goals in seven matches and been scored against 224 times.
Elmore won its latest clash with White Hills by 33 goals.
The A-grade contest on North Bendigo’s court starts at 2.45pm.
White Hills will be determined to bounce back from a big defeat when it hosts Lockington Bamawm United at Tint A Car Oval in Scott Street.
The Demons have a win-loss tally of 3-3 and drew their home game with Mount Pleasant in round six.
A week later and White Hills was beaten at Elmore by 33 goals.
Lockington Bamawm United is yet to win, but worked hard to be within four goals of Leitchville Gunbower at the final whistle the previous round.
The Demons and Cats clash from 2.45pm.
Leitchville Gunbower will be chasing consecutive wins when it takes on Huntly at Degroot Roof Painting Oval in Gunbower.
The Bombers had been on the end of some big defeats, but showed plenty of fight and skill to score a four goal victory against the LBU Cats at Lockington.
Huntly is refreshed by the bye and will desperate for the premiership points as it fights to climb into the top three and gain the double chance at finals time.
The A-grade match at Gunbower starts at 2.45pm.
Colbinabbin has the bye.
Standings in the Heathcote DFNL’s A-grade netball competition:
Elmore 202 per cent, 28 points; Colbinabbin 160, 24; North Bendigo 98, 16; White Hills 97, 14; Huntly 105, 12; Mount Pleasant 97, 10; Heathcote 76, 8; Leitchville Gunbower 48, 4; Lockington Bamawm United 58, 0.
Written by Nathan Dole.