NETBALL – In-form Roos building strongly ahead of Hawks test

KEY PLAYER: Kangaroo Flat captain Chelsea Sartori made her return to the court from an ankle injury in last week's 28-goal win over South Bendigo.
KEY PLAYER: Kangaroo Flat captain Chelsea Sartori made her return to the court from an ankle injury in last week's 28-goal win over South Bendigo.

KANGAROO Flat will be aiming to build on a strong past three games when it confronts Eaglehawk in Saturday’s BFNL A-grade netball match of the round at Canterbury Park.

The Roos opened their season with a pair of losses, but have since put together three strong performances in a row in wins over South Bendigo (61-33), Golden Square (71-36) and Maryborough (63-47).

However, the level of competition steps up against the second-placed Hawks.

“The past few weeks we’ve had some good wins, but coming up against Eaglehawk, they are a very good team and it will be a good chance to see where we’re at,” Kangaroo Flat coach Jayden Cowling said on Friday.

Eaglehawk – which had its season ended last year by Kangaroo Flat in the elimination final – is shaping as one of the teams to watch this season as it pursues its first premiership since 2012.

After winning their opening four games, the Hawks last week suffered their first blemish when beaten 64-61 in an entertaining clash against Sandhurst.

“It’s no secret Eaglehawk is a quality side and if we could get a win on the board on Saturday then it would set us for a crack at the top three,” Cowling said.

In a positive for Kangaroo Flat – which has dominated Eaglehawk in recent seasons – its side is returning to full strength.

Captain Chelsea Sartori returned to the court last week from an ankle injury, star young goal shooter Ruby Barkmeyer is back, while fellow shooter Adrienne Murphy has been cleared to resume from a broken foot. 

AIMING TO BOUNCE BACK: Eaglehawk's Georgie Hyett. The Hawks lost their first game of the season against Sandhurst last week. Picture: DARREN HOWE

AIMING TO BOUNCE BACK: Eaglehawk's Georgie Hyett. The Hawks lost their first game of the season against Sandhurst last week. Picture: DARREN HOWE

In Saturday’s other games in one of only two rounds this season where there are four A-grade matches, Strathfieldsaye hosts South Bendigo in a clash pitting the two bottom sides against each other, Gisborne meets Golden Square and Sandhurst takes on Maryborough.

A-grade ladder:

Sandhurst – 28

Eaglehawk – 24

Gisborne – 20

Kangaroo Flat – 20

Maryborough – 16

Golden Square – 16

South Bendigo – 8

Strathfieldsaye – 8

LODDON VALLEY:

THE clash between third and fourth on the ladder when Calivil United travels to Newbridge highlight’s Saturday’s round eight matches in Loddon Valley A-grade netball:

Round eight games:

BL-Serpentine v Bridgewater, Newbridge v Calivil United, Pyramid Hill v Maiden Gully YCW.

Ladder:

Mitiamo – 24

Bridgewater – 22

Calivil United – 16

Newbridge – 14

Maiden Gully YCW – 12

Pyramid Hill – 12

Marong – 8

BL-Serpentine – 4

HEATHCOTE DISTRICT:

Round nine games: 

Elmore v Heathcote, North Bendigo v Colbinabbin, LBU v Leitchville-Gunbower, White Hills v Mount Pleasant.

Ladder:

Colbinabbin – 28

White Hills – 24

Mount Pleasant – 20

Huntly – 20

Elmore – 14

North Bendigo – 8

Leitchville-Gunbower – 6

Heathcote – 4

LBU – 4