Minyip-Murtoa A Grade confident a win is just around the corner

MINYIP-MURTOA almost broke through for its first win of the 2014 Wimmera Netball Association season on Sunday during a close encounter with Dimboola.

Despite trailing all game, the Burras were always in the contest.

They came within two goals in the final quarter before the Roos stepped up to claim a five-goal win 46-41.

Burras coach Kristin Starick believes her charges are on the cusp of victory.

"I think anything is possible," she said.

"Our players are on the improve, we came quite close to Warrack as well.

"Dimboola has been a bit up and down this season, so I knew if they won it wouldn't be by a lot."

The Roos took a five-goal lead into the first break and narrowly won the second term to maintain an eight-goal advantage at half-time.

The sides shot nine goals each in the third quarter before the Burras came out firing in the last to narrow the margin.

"We've been playing well, but we've been falling away a bit at the end of quarters," Starick said.

She said it was a good team effort despite falling short by five goals.

Midcourter Laura Delahunty earned best-on-court honours, while Lauren Hotker stood out as goal keeper.

Starick said goalies Emma Huff and Nikeisha Grant had made a huge difference since joining the club at the start of the year.

"Our defence has always been strong, but our shooters are starting to step up and become more accurate, which has made a big difference," she said.

Grant shot 21 goals on Sunday, with Huff contributing 20.

Dimboola coach Tahlia Williams said defenders Eva Hoffmann and Abbey Greig were vital in the Roos' victory.

"They were outstanding," she said.

"The Burras got within two goals in the last quarter, but they really held strong."

Williams said she was not expecting such a close contest.

"The last time we played them we won by more than 20 goals," she said.

Williams said skill errors and inaccuracy in the ring let the side down.

"We didn't play our best, but we were happy to get away with the four points," she said.

The Roos will make the most of their week off before meeting third-placed Warrack Eagles on July 5.

"We've got a few things to work on at training and we'll see how we go against Warrack," Williams said.

"We've cemented our spot in the top four, but if we can beat them we will jump to third.

"That would be the first time in a long time Dimboola has made the top three."

Warrack retained third position with a convincing 26-goal win over Nhill at Brim on Saturday.

The Eagles doubled the Tigers' score in the opening quarter, taking a seven-goal lead into the first break.

They continued their momentum in the second term, piling on 12 goals to Nhill's four, before extending their lead to 22 goals at the final change.

The Tigers continued to battle in the final quarter but were no match for the powerful Warrack outfit.

Penny Fisher and Claire Schulz were standouts in defence, repelling many Nhill attempts at goal.

Midcourter Petah Winsall also impressed for the Eagles at centre and wing attack.

Megan Werner continued her accuracy under the ring, shooting a game-high 33 goals.

Nhill's Marli Clark battled hard in goal attack to earn best-on-court honours for the Tigers, while Ashley Davis was recognised for her shut-down role at wing defence.

The remaining round nine matches will be played at the weekend.

Horsham Saints will host ladder leader Horsham, while traditional rivals Ararat and Stawell will clash at Alexandra Oval in Ararat.

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