LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United’s A grade netball side couldn’t break through for a win on Saturday, falling by eight goals to Mount Pleasant at the Nichol Trading Oval.
The Cats were looking to get their season back on track and close ground on the teams chasing finals action in 2017.
But the Blues, a strong team in their own right, were too good for the Cats and gave themselves a nice cushion for their own position in the finals, winning 45-37.
The result was a fourth straight loss for LBU, a streak that has seen them fall from 3-2 to 3-6 dating back to a round five win against North Bendigo.
It is now down to sixth position on the Heathcote and District Netball League ladder, two games out from fifth spot and the last remaining position in the finals.
Leitchville-Gunbower sit in fifth with a 5-4 record, and took the honours when the sides met last week at the same venue.
■ THE HEATHCOTE and District Netball League’s best side proved too good for Leitchville-Gunbower’s A grade on Saturday.
The Bombers went into the contest with undefeated Colbinabbin looking to end its winning streak and keep pace with the top three sides, but had no answers for the Grasshoppers who rampaged their way to a 62-30 win.
They had shown they were a capable side with a fourth-quarter blitz against LBU last weekend, but the Grasshoppers, strong across the court, continued their perfect start to the season with the 32-goal win.
Colbinabbin has established itself as the clear team to beat in the Heathcote League this season with its 9-0 record, but still has just a one game advantage on White Hills at 8-1.
The Bombers still have a two game cushion locking them in the top five, but will need to improve in the back half of the season to become a real contender for the premiership.
They will face Mount Pleasant in Gunbower in round 12 after a break this coming weekend with the bye.