Kangaroo Flat ready to fire against Gisborne in BFNL semi-final

Michelle Fletcher

Michelle Fletcher

A FRESH and fired-up Kangaroo Flat is looking forward to its first hit-out in the Bendigo Football Netball League finals. 

The ladder-leaders earned the right to have the week off and will face a red-hot Gisborne team, who are chasing its second successive grand final appearance. 

Roos coach Janelle Hobbs said her team's preparation for Sunday's second semi-final had been good. 

"We have prepared really well, we had some tough training sessions this week and we are all feeling really positive," she said. 

Hobbs said the game may be won and lost in the mid-court.

She predicted talented netballer Tiana Newman to go head-to-head with Roos young gun Chelsea Sartori. 

"It should be a fantastic match-up," Hobbs said. 

"Chelsea has great pace and will be able to keep up with her. 

"We need to make it hard for Tiana and Gisborne to feed the ball into their goal ring and cause some turnovers."

Hobbs said having a positive mindset and working hard across four quarters would be the key to winning the match and making it into another grand final. 

"Whoever can handle the pressure on the day will win the match," she said. 

Kangaroo Flat will take on Gisborne in the second semi-final on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Oval netball courts at 2pm. 

Meanwhile Kyneton has again been decimated by injuries. 

Several of the Tigers defenders suffered injuries and remain 'touch and go' to play against Golden Square. 

Coach Dean Erdman said five out of its top seven had been injured over the past four to five weeks. 

"It is going to be a tough game, they are an experienced team, it is going to be a big ask but we are up for the challenge," he said. 

"A spot in the preliminary final is on the line, so we will need to settle early and get into the contest quickly.

"We have played well against Golden Square this season, so we will take some confidence heading into the match."

Kyneton will play against Golden Square on Saturday at 6pm.  

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