Top BNL teams set to face-off

Grand final re-match to test league's best

Shelly Barclay

Shelly Barclay

KANGAROO Flat will be out for revenge in Monday’s Queen’s Birthday game against Gisborne.

Last year the Bulldogs won a thrilling grand final against the gallant Roos to score its first Bendigo Football Netball League A-grade netball premiership.

Momentum swung in favour of both teams throughout the final, but Gisborne won by just one goal when the final whistle was blown.

In season 2014, both teams have begun their campaigns strongly.

Kangaroo Flat haven’t lost and sit a game clear of Kyneton.

Gisborne has only dropped two games and is within striking distance of second place.

Bulldogs coach Kerryn Jorgenson said the Roos had set the standard this year.

"They are the leaders for a reason," she said. 

"We have been a bit up and down this season, so it will be a tough game. 

"We will have to play pretty well if we want to beat them."

Jorgenson said last year's epic grand final may play on the minds of both teams. 

"This game is a chance for us to measure ourselves and a chance for us to move forward through the second part of the season," she said.

The round nine clash will be played at Beck Legal Oval at 3.20pm on Monday.

In other games, Golden Square will look to consolidate its place in the top four with a win over Castlemaine.

Coach Lia Marrone said she is happy with how the A-grade team has improved this season after key players suffered injuries earlier this season.

Shooter Kath Basilewsky ruptured her Achilles in round four which has put her on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

“The girls have gone from strength to strength in the last few weeks and have adapted well to the changes in the line-up,” Marrone said.

“Kath (Basilewsky) is out for the season, but the rehab is going well.

“We have experienced a few other injuries, but have regained full fitness.”

Marrone said it was important for the team to stay focused against Castlemaine.

“We will play some different combinations to test our versatility and offset the opposition,” she said.

“We are working on defensive strategies and goaler rotations.

“The main thing I ask of my girls is lots of talk on the court.”

The Golden Square and Castlemaine game will be played at My Jet Oval at 3.20pm on Saturday.

Eaglehawk will host Sandhurst at Canterbury Park also at 3.20pm. 

Fifth- placed Maryborough will take on the second-placed Kyneton.

South Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye Storm also play in Monday's completion to round nine.

The A-grade game is scheduled to be played at the courts at Queen Elizabeth Oval at 2.30pm.

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