Reaching new heights in the BNL

SPORT reporter Kristen Alebakis takes a look at every A-grade team in the Bendigo Football Netball League in her mid-season review. 

Kangaroo Flat

Ladder position: 1st

Wins: 7

Losses: 1

Draw: 1

Percentage: 157.52

“I am happy with how we have started the season,” Kangaroo Flat coach Janelle Hobbs said.

“We started strongly and we are sitting in equal first position.

“In the second half of the season we need to work on our basic skills and keep working on playing four consistent quarters.” 

Kyneton

Ladder position: 2nd

Wins: 7

Losses: 1

Draw: 1

Percentage: 152.94

“We are five per cent off the top position so I am very proud of the girls,” coach Dean Erdman said.

“We are probably ahead of our expectations but we are always looking to improve.

“In the second half of the season we want to be putting on some more defensive pressure across the court.”

Gisborne

Ladder position: 3rd

Wins: 7

Losses: 2

Percentage: 144.95

“We are content about where we are sitting,” coach Kerryn Jorgenson said.

“We had losses to Sandhurst and Golden Square so in the second half of the season we will look into those games.

“Finishing in the top three is achievable.”

Golden Square

Ladder position: 4th

Wins: 7

Losses: 2

Percentage: 139.44

“I am happy with the season so far,” coach Lia Marrone said.

“The girls have been working hard, playing well and have really gelled as team.

“We take each game as it comes and are ready to face off against each team again.”

Maryborough

Ladder position: 5th

Wins: 5

Losses: 4

Percentage: 105.98

“The club is really happy about where we are sitting at the moment, it is where we wanted to be at this stage of the season,” coach Laura Hurse said.

“The team is set we just need to make some positional changes in the second half of the season.

“We are taking each week as it comes and hopefully get closer to the teams that sit above us.”

Sandhurst

Ladder position: 6th

Wins: 4

Losses: 5

Percentage: 107.67

“The goal at the start of the season was to finish in the top five and right now we are sitting just outside the top five,” coach Nicole Bailey said.

“Our percentage is strong it is the win-loss ratio that is keeping us from the top five.

“In the second half of the season we want to secure our spot in the top five and maybe knock off a few sides that sit above us.”

Strathfieldsaye

Ladder position: 7th

Wins: 3

Losses: 6

Percentage: 93.55

“It is not where we expected to be,” coach Maleta Roberts said.

“The team has done better than the previous year already which is great but we did want to be in top five at this stage.

“There is still time though, we just need to work harder.”

South Bendigo

Ladder position: 8th

Wins: 2

Losses: 7

Percentage: 69.67

"We have been good in quite a number of games," coach Debbie Symes said. 

"In the Golden Square game we came close but Kangaroo Flat really shut us down across the court. 

"In the second half of the season we want to bridge the gap between us and the likes of Kangaroo Flat and Gisborne, we want to bridge those margins."

Eaglehawk

Ladder position: 9th

Wins: 1

Losses: 8

Percentage: 59.41

“We are where we thought we would be at this stage of the season,” said Kylie Piercy.

“We have been working better; we are pushing teams a bit harder.

“We are continuing to reduce the margin of the losses we do have in the second part of the season.” 

Castlemaine

Ladder position: 10th

Wins: 1

Losses: 8

Percentage: 46.51

“We have a very positive club environment despite the games we have lost,” coach Annette Hatherley said.

“We are trying to build the confidence of our players up and trying to have strong continuity within the club.”

My predictions:

1. Kyneton

2. Kangaroo Flat

3. Gisborne

4. Golden Square

5. Maryborough

6. Sandhurst

7. Strathfieldsaye

8. South Bendigo

9. Eaglehawk

10. Castlemaine 

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