KYNETON coach Dean Erdman praised the fighting spirit of his team and Sandhurst after Saturday’s A-grade contest on the Tigers court.
Conditions were far from ideal for netball as constant rain and the bitter cold tested all players.
The margin between Kyneton and Sandhurst was between two and three for most of the game.
“It was a really tough day for all players,” Erdman said.
“The rain and cold meant there were a lot of mistakes by both teams.
“In many ways we were happy to get the four points.
“There were not too many highlights, but the workrate and effort was great,” the Tigers’ coach said of the team’s ninth victory of the season.
Kyneton’s best players were Michelle Fletcher at goal attack and Nikita Block in defence.
Kyneton heads down the Calder next Saturday to play Gisborne at Gardiner Reserve.
“Gisborne is the only team to have beaten us this season. Next round is another challenge we are loking forward to.”
Strathfieldsaye Storm kept top-five hopes alive in an 18-goal win against Eaglehawk.
The Storm won or levelled every quarter on their way to a 43-25 win at Flight Centre Park in Tannery Lane.
Storm led 13-4 at quarter-time and continued to pile on the pressure as it led 27-10 by half-time.
The second half was evenly fought.
Eaglehawk hit back to score seven and eight goals and kept Storm to eight and eight across the last two quarters.
Strathfieldsaye won 43-25.
The Maleta Roberts-coached Storm faces a big test this Saturday against Sandhurst on the QEO court.
After facing the maroon and blue, Strathfieldsaye is back at home to play Castlemaine and Maryborough.
The Maryborough line-up took on Gisborne in Saturday’s round 11 clash at Gardiner Reserve.
Gisborne was too strong on its home court.
By the final whistle, Gisborne led 54-39.
The ladder-leading Kangaroo Flat racked up 70 goals in the home-court match against Castlemaine at Beck Legal Oval, Dower Park.
Beaten just once this season, the Kangaroos were too strong for the Magpies.
At the final whistle, Kangaroo Flat led 70-19.
The Roos’ opponent in the next round, Golden Square scored a 26-goal victory in its battle with South Bendigo on the court adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Oval.
South Bendigo had teamed superbly in recent weeks, but on this occasion the Square was too powerful.
Golden Square went on to win 55-29 and will be at home for their next contest with the Roos on Sunday.
In this Saturday’s play, Eaglehawk and South Bendigo do battle at Canterbury Park, Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye play at the QEO, Maryborough hosts Castlemaine in the battle of the Magpies, and Gisborne takes on Kyneton.