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Flat Spirit aim for bounce back
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard wants his side to make a statement in its first home game tomorrow afternoon. Disappointed with his side’s opening night performance against Canberra, Pritchard expects a far better showing against Melbourne tonight and against Perth tomorrow aftern..
13-Oct-2017
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Tayla shines on debut
Joel Peterson
TAYLA Vlaeminck stands at the top of her mark and takes a deep breath – a very deep breath. Having not played a competitive match in 712 days, Vlaeminck was about to run in and bowl her first ball in Victorian colours in the Women’s National Cricket League last Friday. Just t..
13-Oct-2017
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Young prospects hopeful ahead of AFLW draft
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG guns Tiahna Cochrane and Reni Hicks will lead the local contingent of AFLW hopefuls into next week’s 2017 draft. Both tested themselves against the crop of potential draftees at last week’s AFL Women’s combine, including Melbourne Uni star Monique Conti, Diamond Creek..
13-Oct-2017
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Batting powers hit early form
Bendigo Weekly
A HEAVYWEIGHT clash between Sedgwick and United headlines this week’s second round of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season. Both finallists from last year, the Rams and Tigers each scored comfortable wins in round one and meet at Axis Employment Oval (Club Court) on Saturday. ..
13-Oct-2017
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Roos roll in BDCA round one
Bendigo Weekly
SANDHURST may have surprised reigning premiers Eaglehawk on the first weekend of the Bendigo District Cricket Association, but it will have to repeat the dose against another imposing attack when it meets Kangaroo Flat tomorrow. The Dragons were one of several sides to score an upset win las..
13-Oct-2017
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South too good for Hawks in final
Bendigo Weekly
NEWCOMER Shepparton South has taken an important piece of silverware in its debut Bendigo Amateur Soccer League campaign, thwarting Eaglehawk’s bid for a title double. In a tense grand final at Epsom Huntly Reserve on Sunday, South ran the game out far stronger than a visibly tired Eag..
13-Oct-2017
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Small ball Spirit have big season hopes
Bendigo Weekly
HEADING into a Women’s National Basketball League season that has a distinctly different feel about it, no side exemplifies different quite like the Bendigo Spirit. Not necessarily in terms of offseason roster changes, but both the on-court structures of Bendigo are set to vary greatly..
06-Oct-2017
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Contenders aplenty in WNBL
Bendigo Weekly
THE new-look Women’s National Basketball League will present new challenges for both players and coaches when it kicks off this weekend. Despite teams playing three fewer games this season, the far more condensed nature of the campaign means player management and scouting will be all t..
06-Oct-2017
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Search on for BDCA's top dog
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square is shaping as the season’s big improver as the 2017/18 Bendigo District Cricket Association season gets under way tomorrow. The league is taking on a number of new initiatives this season, adding a fourth XI competition and playing seven home and away matches at the QEO t..
06-Oct-2017
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EVCA season hits off
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Emu Valley Cricket Association premier Golden Gully kicks off its flag defence against Sedgwick in Saturday’s opening round of one-day matches. The clash will renew a rivalry that extends to last year, where Gully defeated Sedgwick twice in two weeks at the tail end of the sea..
06-Oct-2017
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Storm surge secures famous flag
Joel Peterson
EVERY grand final day there’s a lull over the ground about an hour before the start of the first game. It’s a strange sort of feeling, anticipation mixed with the anxiety of grand finals. Saturday at the QEO it was far more pronounced. The bureau was forecasting violent winds..
28-Sep-2017
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Spirit launches campaign
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Spirit has unveiled its leadership group for the WNBL season as it embarks on its final weekend before its 2017/18 campaign kicks off. Kelsey Griffin will again captain the team, which has shown encouraging signs during its preseason matches including winning both at the wee..
28-Sep-2017
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Eaglehawk's a Two Blue contender
Joel Peterson
AFTER his side’s semi final win, you couldn’t wipe the smile off Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe’s face. An excitable character who wears his emotions firmly on his sleeve, Bowe praised his team’s character and hunger in fighting out a gritty win to make it to the grand fin..
22-Sep-2017
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Storm kicking the habit
Bendigo Weekly
There is never a more crucial time to take advantage of your opportunities than in grand finals, but Strathfieldsaye Storm coach Darryl Wilson says he won’t be drubbing that message into his group this week. Rather, he’ll let them sort out their woes finishing in front of goal by..
22-Sep-2017
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Dogs keeping the faith
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square’s fourth straight grand final appearance in A-grade netball hasn’t come easily, but coach Allira Holmes says her side’s resilience could pay dividends on Saturday. The Bulldogs have managed to maintain consistency throughout the season and snuck past a determi..
22-Sep-2017
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Sandhurst out to seize golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
A FAST start will go along way toward victory in tomorrow’s A-grade netball grand final for Sandhurst. The Dragons have jumped the Bulldogs in each of their three meetings this year, holding significant buffers at quarter time of every game and going on to win. The Dragons have had..
22-Sep-2017
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Nadeen keen on success
Joel Peterson
SHE was Bendigo Spirit’s best player toward the end of last season and played in a grand final in the winter, so it’s only natural that Nadeen Payne was optimistic when it came time to return to the WNBL. What’s more, the team’s opening two preseason matches have give..
21-Sep-2017
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Beware the attack Dogs
Joel Peterson
BERNIE Haberman’s Golden Square has made a habit of surprising people this year and the first-year coach is hopeful they’ve got more upsets in them yet. Many wrote the Dogs off after last year’s grand final loss to Sandhurst and some key departures, but the club has made th..
15-Sep-2017
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The title decider
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK’S Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title chase comes to an end this weekend, with their standalone fixture against Spring Gully United to once and for all decide this year’s champion side. Eaglehawk and Shepparton South both missed their chance to claim the title last week..
15-Sep-2017
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Dragons watch on as Bulldogs battle
Joel Peterson
WITH Sandhurst eagerly awaiting a grand final opponent, Golden Square and Gisborne will play off for the right to meet the Dragons next Saturday. Gisborne survived an elimination final test against reigning premier Kangaroo Flat, while Golden Square was well beaten by Sandhurst last wee..
15-Sep-2017
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