Injury-hit Tigers chase ladder-leaders

LOOKING FOR OPTIONS: Kyneton defender Laura Bennie is among the Tigers' injury concerns.

LOOKING FOR OPTIONS: Kyneton defender Laura Bennie is among the Tigers' injury concerns.

THE second half of the Bendigo Netball League season hasn’t been kind to Kyneton, with several of its key players suffering injuries.

At the halfway point of the season injury hit Kyneton, with talented duo Emma Webb and Laura Bennie among those out of action.

Kyneton coach Dean Erdman said recovering from injuries had been another factor his team has had to overcome ahead of Saturday's home clash with Kangaroo Flat.

Despite the injuries, Kyneton has still been able to continue its winning form, having just lost two games for the season.

“It is has been an exciting challenge,” Erdman said.

“In the last two rounds of the season we are playing two of the finals contenders in Kangaroo Flat and Maryborough.

“We would prefer to play finals teams in the last rounds... the intensity and the pressure would be a good test.”

The last time Kyneton and Kangaroo Flat played, it ended in a dramatic 35-all draw.

Erdman said the Roos were the team to beat this year.

“If you look at their results over the past four to five weeks, you can see that they are in good form,” he said.  

Erdman said he was still confident his team could cause a few upsets in the finals.

“If we get everything right we are a contender,” he said.

Erdman said the club was in a good spot, considering it was the first time in several years Kyneton had fielded an A-grade team in the Bendigo Netball League.

“It is an exciting time at the club with our B-grade and B-reserve teams also playing finals this year,” he said.

Kyneton will play Kangaroo Flat at the Kyneton Showgrounds on Saturday.

In other games, Golden Square hosts Sandhurst, South Bendigo plays Castlemaine, Maryborough will chase its 10th win against Eaglehawk, and on Sunday Strathfieldsaye faces Gisborne.   

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