PICTURES: Bloods stun Dragons in Bendigo FNL thriller

SOUTH Bendigo's stunning resurgence continued on Saturday when the A-grade girls defeated Sandhurst in a round 10 thriller. 

The Bloods' confidence is at a season high after winning its third-straight Bendigo Football Netball League game. 

South Bendigo led from the first whistle, with just two goals seperating the teams at the end of the game. 

Bloods' keeper Justine Fitzgibbon said it was the first time in about seven years the A-grade team had won against the Dragons. 

She said the team was happy with how they performed.

"I have been playing for South for 14 years and I don't remember winning three games in a row," Fitzgibbon said. 

"There is a fantastic feeling among the group. 

"It was great to finally get that win over them (Sandhurst)."

It has been a dramatic transformation for South Bendigo. 

The last time the two teams met, it was the Dragons who scored a massive 19 goal win. 

"In that first game we were missing a few players and since then we had a player break her finger and then another who hurt her ankle," Fitzgibbon said. 

Over the past three weeks South Bendigo has defeated Castlemaine, Strathfieldsaye and now Sandhurst by a combined total of six goals. 

Fitzgibbon said it has been good to finally get their best line-up on the court. 

"Finally we have been getting our team together," she said. 

"It is great that we finally have the team we want on the court and we are playing good netball across the four quarters.

"We know we can push teams and make them work hard."

South Bendigo shot 10 goals each in the opening two quarters. 

However, Sandhurst managed to peg back the lead in the third quarter, cutting the margin to just one goal heading into the last quarter. 

Fitzgibbon said in the first few minutes of the last quarter, the Dragons managed to capitalise on their turnovers, edging out to a two goal lead. 

"We just kept plugging away and then were able to get some turnovers in the later stages of the quarter," she said. 

"We converted those turnovers and got in front."

Fitzgibbon said coach Debbie Symes was unable to choose the best player for the team. 

"The coach said she couldn't seperate anyone, she said she was extremely proud of how everyone played," she said. 

Next round, South Bendigo will take on the in-form Golden Square girls. 


Key player Amy Buckell will return for South Bendigo. 


Fitzgibbon said the team had been growing in confidence over the past few weeks and hoped her team would be able to push the Bulldogs. 


"We are starting to play our own netball," she said. 


"If we stick to our game plan then it should be a good game." 

In other games, Kangaroo Flat returned to the top of the table with a big win over Maryborough. 

The final score was 48 to 25. 

Third-placed Gisborne also won against Castlemaine.  


The score was 61 to 29.

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