Top-five clashes to tell plenty in HDFNL netball

TOUGH TEST: Elmore's Stephanie Donnellon will play against White Hills.
TOUGH TEST: Elmore's Stephanie Donnellon will play against White Hills.

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COLBINABBIN and White Hills’ dominance of the HDFNL netball competition will be put to the test this weekend.

The Grasshoppers and Demons both face top-five rivals in a likely ladder-shaping round 14.

Colbinabbin (11-0) will put its unbeaten streak on the line against third-placed Mount Pleasant (9-3), which is aiming to keep ahead of Huntly (8-4) in the race for the double chance.

The Grasshoppers won their earlier season encounter by 16 goals.

At Elmore, the Bloods will be out to improve on their 66-27 round five loss to White Hills (10-1).

This will be the third time in as many weeks the Bloods have faced a top four opponent as they look to notch a crucial win to ensure their first finals berth since 2010.

They will find it tough against a Demons team that has lost just one game and were convincing winners over North Bendigo last week.

In other games, Heathcote hosts Huntly in a danger game for the injury-riddled Hawks, and North Bendigo clashes with Lockington-Bamawm United, with both teams chasing their third win of the season.

The Bulldogs defeated the Cats 45-35 in their earlier season encounter at Lockington.