Consistent Roos win against tough Tigers

ON THE MOVE: Simone Foster on the edge of the attacking circle.

ON THE MOVE: Simone Foster on the edge of the attacking circle.

PASS: South Bendigo defender Stephanie Goode searches for a team mate.

PASS: South Bendigo defender Stephanie Goode searches for a team mate.

DETERMINED: Castlemaine young gun fights for the ball during Saturday's game. Pictures: BRENDAN McCARTHY

DETERMINED: Castlemaine young gun fights for the ball during Saturday's game. Pictures: BRENDAN McCARTHY

NEXT weekend's game between Gisborne and Kangaroo Flat will determine which team will finish on top of the Bendigo Football Netball League A-grade ladder. 

The Roos fought off a determined Kyneton outfit to win their 15th game of the season, while Gisborne won against Strathfieldsaye. 

Just two points separate the talented teams, with the team who finishes on top securing a week off in the first round of the finals. 

Kangaroo Flat coach Janelle Hobbs said it was important to get the win over the Tigers after fighting out a draw earlier in the season. 

"We might play them again in the finals, so it was good to get that confidence from the game," she said. 

The final score was 50 to 35 at the Kyneton Showgrounds on Saturday.  

"We played really well. II am very happy with how the team is going at the moment, so to get that result was great," Hobbs said. 

"Heading into the match we knew they would be a strong and tough team, so we had to play a good four quarters to win."

Hobbs praised the efforts of defender Alicia McGlashan. 

"She played really well on the dangerous shooter Michelle Fletcher," she said. 

"Nina Cass played really well. She shot at 85 per cent and was able to rebound strong when she needed to. 

"Chelsea Sartori also provided great drive through the mid-court and fed the ball well into the goal ring."

Hobbs said after suffering injuries to some key players earlier in the year, the team was beginning to find some consistency. 

"We have had an unchanged line-up for the past six weeks," she said. 

"We have bought up Karly Bingham into the A-grade, she is a Betty Thompson medal winner, as well as Nina Cass and Simone Butler. 

"These players are giving the team a bit more experience."

Golden Square also scored a win on Saturday, defeating Sandhurst by 28 goals. 

The final score was 59 to 31. 

The win was the Square's 12th of the season. It is currently in fourth position. 

South Bendigo managed to overcome a gallant Castlemaine at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. 

The Bloods won 40 goals to 34, but coach Debbie Symes said they didn't have it all their own way. 

"It was hard work," she said. 

"We got out to a 13-goal lead and we relaxed a bit which allowed them to get back into the match. 

"It was good to see the team fight it out and get the win, they deserved it, the girls worked really hard."

Symes said Stephanie Goode and Simone Foster played well. 

She said there were a lot of positives to take out of the season. 

"We are improving each season and this year we were able to attract some good players," Symes said. 

"We have been developing the under-17's well, everything is moving in an exciting direction."

In the past five rounds, South Bendigo has played four of the top five BFNL A-grade teams. 

Symes said this year's premier would come from either Kangaroo Flat or Gisborne, however she couldn't discount Kyneton.

"Kangaroo Flat is the hardest defensive team and they have good goaling accuracy, but Gisborne is also a strong team," she said. 

Gisborne defeated Strathfieldsaye on Sunday afternoon at Flight Centre Park. 

The final score was 42 to 31.

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