Home teams face tough prospects in round four | Wimmera Netball Association 2017

IMPORTANT: Horsham's Emma Buwalda and Ararat's Rebecca Skrabl will both be important players for their respective sides in round five. Picture: PETER PICKERING
IMPORTANT: Horsham's Emma Buwalda and Ararat's Rebecca Skrabl will both be important players for their respective sides in round five. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Horsham Saints v Warrack Eagles

After putting up a strong fights in the first two rounds without getting the points the Horsham Saints side lowered its colours on the road to Minyip-Murtoa. The side will face another difficult challenge this week against the Warrack Eagles.

Saints coach Jess Cannane said the Eagles have quality players all over the court.

“Every position will be a big challenge,” she said.

The Saints have scored strongly this season and will aim to continue that trend by creating turnovers.

“I don’t think we’ve had an A Grade side which has scored so consistently high for a while,” Cannane said.

“We’ve got the talent on the list but we need to get a first win just to boost our belief.”

Ararat v Minyip-Murtoa

ARARAT’S A graders will again concentrate on putting in a full four quarter performance when the side come up against the difficult Minyip-Murtoa. Burras’ coach Claire Drum said she knew Ararat had made a few changes to its side this season.

“They have put up some high score this season so we might need to put some work into stopping that,” she said. “We need to go in respecting the whole team.”

Four Burras’ players were part of the open Wimmera Netball Association team that defeated the Murray League on Saturday. Drum said she thought it was a good thing that her players were in action. Minyip-Murtoa will be without captain Paula Wiedermann who injured her ankle before the interleague break.

Nhill v Horsham

BASED on last season’s ladder a Horsham road trip to take on Nhill does not loom as the toughest challenge of the round but the Tigers have showed fight with a new side early in 2017.

Nhill coach Tarrah Dodds will ask her players to set goals they can achieve in order to win match-up across the courts. “Accessing our goal ring will be a big focus for our side,” she said. “That was our problem against Warrack and it will be a challenge once again.” Emma Buwalda is a key player for the home side to stop. “Emma Hawker played with her at interleague, so hopefully she picked up some insights into stopping her,” she said. “But that probably works both ways.”

Stawell v Dimboola

THE Warriors were on the wrong side of 79-30 loss against Horsham Demons last round but Dimboola coach Ant Toet will ensure her side does not underestimate its round four opponent. “Some of us travelled up to Nhill to watch them, and they came back strongly in that game,” she said. 

Dimboola’s continued focus has been on gelling as a side and working toward a four-quarter effort.

Toet said consistency is key heading into a tough games. “We will need to be on the ball the next three weeks,” she said. “Our young shooters have really stood up so far and I’m also interested to see how Rianna Kuhne and Jodie Hayes will go after a tough interleague weekend.”