GISBORNE’S unbeaten run in the Bendigo Football Netball League’s A-grade netball competition is over.
The red, white and blue went down to Sandhurst in Saturday’s hard-fought contest at the QEO.
Despite the wet and chilly conditions, Sandhurst and Gisborne played a high-quality match.
Sandhurst stamped its authority in the opening term.
By quarter-time Sandhurst led 15-5.
Gisborne hit back to win the second quarter, but only by a goal.
By three quarter-time the contest looked over as Sandhurst led 34-22.
Gisborne made several positional moves and started to capitalise in attack.
The visitors were back within two goals at a couple of minutes to go.
Sandhurst steadied to clinch a 40-35 victory.
After being in front by just a goal at half-time, Golden Square dominated for most of the second half against Castlemaine at MyJet Oval.
The fifth-placed Castlemaine started strongly and led 11-9 at the first break.
By half-time the blue and gold led the Magpies, 17-16.
Just six goals separated the teams as they headed out for the final quarter.
Golden Square won the last term, 16-8, and the match, 44-30.
Maryborough stayed in contention for finals after a 21-goal win on Eaglehawk’s court at Canterbury Park.
The Magpies led the Hawks, 14-8 at half-time, and powered away to win 41-20.
Round 14 was completed yesterday as South Bendigo took on Kangaroo Flat at the QEO.
Nina Cass continued her hot form to score a match-high 40 goals for the Kangaroos.
South Bendigo defied form as it scored 13 goals in the opening quarter.
The Roos built on their four-goal lead at the first break to lead by 11 at half-time.
Cass capitalised on Flat’s slick passing through mid-court, and Rachel McKenzie added 23 to complete a 63-39 victory.
South Bendigo’s goalscorers were Tegan Elliston 19, Melissa Rowlands 11, and Tania Anderson, 9.
After the weekend’s play, three teams are unbeaten.
Golden Square’s winning streak in A-reserve rolled on .
The blue and gold scored an emphatic 37-goal win against Castlemaine.
Maryborough fought back from a seven-goal deficit at three quarter-time to win 37-35 on Eaglehawk’s court.
Sandhurst and Kyneton won their matches by 16 and 15 goals respectively.
The South Bendigo line-up won every quarter on the way to a 44-20 win against Kangaroo Flat at the QEO yesterday.
Melissa Rowlands led South’s attack on 18 goals and had great support from Tania Anderson, 16, and Jodie Bouwmeester, 10.
Sandhurst chalked up its 14th victory in B-grade and B-reserve.
A highlight of the 17-under competition was the showdown between the ladder-leading Kangaroo Flat and third-placed South Bendigo.
The young Bloods led by two goals at the start of the final quarter, but the Roos finished brilliantly to score a 42-36 victory.
Caitlyn Hamilton achieved a match-high 27 goals for the Kangaroos.
Gisborne’s only win at the QEO was in the 17-under match by eight goals.