WARRACK Eagles have moved closer to securing a top-three berth after a 21-goal win over nearest challenger Dimboola at Dimboola Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The third-placed Eagles sit two wins behind second-placed Ararat, but now have a six-point buffer over the fourth-placed Roos with games against Stawell and Horsham Saints in the next two rounds.
After leading by seven goals at half-time, the Eagles – coached by Megan Werner and Claire Schulz – found another gear in the second half to run out 61-40 victors.
Wing attack Petah Winsall and wing defence Jane Richardson were named the Eagles’ best, while goalies Werner and Briodi McKenzie formed a potent combination.
Werner converted 35 opportunities – the fifth time she has scored more than 30 goals this season – while McKenzie converted 26.
Werner said her side’s training was starting to pay off.
“It was a good win and a good team effort,” she said.
“We’ve worked on a few things at training and on putting them in place on game day.
“We put a lot of defensive pressure on Dimboola – the way we talked, moved the ball up and down the court and our passing accuracy was also good.”
Werner said her side was chasing the double chance with finals approaching.
“If we can keep working as a team I think we’ll finish in the top three,” she said.
For Dimboola, midcourt player Rianna Kuhne was among the best alongside goalies Antoinette Toet and Billie Barber.
Barber, 21 goals, and Toet, 19, both impressed.
The rebounding Roos will now face the toughest team in Wimmera league netball – ladder-leader
Horsham – as they look to maintain their buffer over fellow finals contenders Stawell and Horsham Saints.
Stawell shooter Liza Cook led the way as the Warriors returned to the top five at Davis Park, Nhill.
Cook scored 44 goals in the Warriors’ 62-48 win over the Tigers.
She was named among the best alongside midcourt player Maddison Jelly.
For the Tigers, goalie Emma Smith scored 37 times, while wing defence Kristy Nottle also impressed.
Horsham wrapped up its 10th victory for the season against Minyip-Murtoa at Horsham City Oval.
The Burras showed promise in past weeks but proved no match for the might of the Demons, losing 58-16.
Stephanie Thomson and Jedda Heard were named the Demons’ best, while Lauren Hotker and Jacinta Sheridan showed fight for the visitors.
Ararat’s Megan Shea was on target in her side’s crushing 47-goal victory over Horsham Saints at Alexandra Oval, Ararat.
Shea scored 53 of her side’s 68 goals, shooting at 82 per cent.
She was named her side’s best alongside midcourt player Olivia West.
Goal defence Faith McKenzie and wing defence Katelyn Ticchi were the Saints’ best performers.