PICTURES: Kangaroo Flat fire in fifth-straight BNL win

KANGAROO Flat have continued their winning ways in the Bendigo Netball League with a strong win over Sandhurst.

The Roos have won their first five games this season and sit comfortably on top of the table.

Kangaroo Flat played Sandhurst at the Queen Elizabeth Oval courts on Saturday afternoon, with the Roos winning by 15 goals.

Kangaroo Flat didn’t have it all their own way, with Sandhurst proving to be a tough opponent over the first three quarters.

Sandhurst was only two goals behind heading into the last quarter; however Kangaroo Flat managed to pile on 15 goals to three in the final quarter to win the game.

The final score 45 to 31.

Sandhurst star shooter Gabriella Green scored 23 goals for the match while Lauren Nihill scored seven and Georgia Byrne one.

Kyneton’s impressive season has also continued winning its fourth game of the season on Saturday.

Kyneton travelled to Golden Square for its round five game.

The Tigers clawed its way back into the game, eventually over running the Bulldogs to win by six goals.

Kyneton have only dropped one game this season while Golden Square has now lost two.

Reigning premiers, Gisborne, have also bounced back from its round four loss in fine style.

The Bulldogs hosted the Bloods at Gardiner Reserve with Gisborne scoring a 30 goal victory.

Gisborne coach Kerryn Jorgenson said her team played much better this week but there was still room for improvement left in the side.

“We definitely had a lot of work to do after last week,” she said.

“For the most part of the game we worked hard and did well which was pleasing but we will need to step up again when we play the better teams.”

Jorgenson said the players met the goals she made each quarter.

She said despite the win there were still some positional changes that needed changing in the team.

“We put Maddie Stewart in the goal attack position this week,” Jorgenson said.

“She is versatile and can play anywhere on the court.

“We need to work out that position because we have been missing some rebounds and not having that powerful drive into the ring.

“Hopefully we can get better.”

Castlemaine also scored its first win of the season on Saturday, defeating Eaglehawk by nine goals.

Magpies coach Annette Hatherley said the girls were very excited to get their first win on the board.

“Heading into the game we wanted to stay disciplined and keep the communication and talk up,” she said.

“We had to stick to our strategy regardless of the opposition.”

Hatherley said the A-grade team had begun strongly, as they have done for most of their games this season.

“We started very strongly,” she said.

“Our focus is to be consistent over four quarters and not just in the first quarter.”

At half time the scores were tied, however it was all Castlemaine in the second half.

The final score was 48 to 39 in favour of Castlemaine. 

Maryborough also held on to defeat Strathfieldsaye on Sunday by three goals. 

The final score 39 to 36.

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