EAGLEHAWK and South Bendigo will vie to add a win to upcoming club celebrations when the two sides tangle at Canterbury Park as the Bendigo Football Netball League resumes this weekend.
The Hawks will be doing their bit for Breast Cancer Network Australia by hosting a Pink Sports Day, while the Bloods are gearing up for their 125th anniversary celebrations later in the year.
It’s one of three marquee games in a big weekend for the BFNL, which plays host to the AFL Victoria Worksafe Game of the Month at Dower Park on Sunday.
Both South and the Borough suffered losses against top-five sides last time out, South Bendigo going down to Golden Square while Eaglehawk lost its first game of the year in a thriller at the Kyneton Showgrounds.
The Bloods need a scalp to continue inroads in an important season for the club but is yet to beat a side above them on the table from three attempts.
South drew with Kyneton in round one before losing to Sandhurst in round two and falling short against Square a fortnight ago.
The Bloods’ two victories have come against Maryborough and Castlemaine and a good performance against the Hawks would go some way to improving their finals credentials.
Not working in their favour is the imposing home record of Eaglehawk, which has not lost a game at Canterbury Park since round 17, 2016.
The weekend’s other top-class match sees Kyneton host Sandhurst.
The two sides have enjoyed enthralling contests in recent seasons and this looks to be no exception, especially with the Tigers brimming with confidence following the stirring win against the Hawks.
Saturday’s other games see Castlemaine visiting Strathfieldsaye for the annual Give Me Five For Kids charity match and Maryborough playing Gisborne.
On Sunday, Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square are the subject of the WorkSafe Game of the Month.
The AFL Victoria-led initiative highlights one country game to stand alone and encourages people to reflect on safe practices at work while enjoying the footy.
The two traditional rivals have had completely different starts to the year, Golden Square sitting second while Kangaroo Flat is third last.
Special guests on the day include AFL premiership player and master coach David Parkin, Richmond premiership star Jack Riewoldt and Australian netball great Sharelle McMahon.
– Joel Peterson