Round seven matches testing after week off | Wimmera Netball Association 2017

SHOOTER: Nhill goal shooter Emma Beer has been important to her side's improvement. The Tigers are fifth after finishing eighth last season.  Picture: STUART McGUCKIN

SHOOTER: Nhill goal shooter Emma Beer has been important to her side's improvement. The Tigers are fifth after finishing eighth last season. Picture: STUART McGUCKIN

Warrack Eagles v Horsham Demons

THE defensive prowess of the Warrack Eagles will be put to its toughest test on Saturday when the side comes up against the Horsham Demons.

Horsham have continued to be the benchmark this season and have not lost since the 2015 grand final against the Eagles.

Warrack coach Jane Richardson said Horsham have winners all over the court and her side will need to be at its best.

“There are not really any weak links that we can play off on Saturday,” she said.

Defence is a cornerstone of the Warrack game plan. Penny Fisher and Jess Kelly will need to be right on their games against the Demons’ goal combination of Emma Buwalda and Brittany Nitschke.

Horsham coach Pauline Butler is looking forward to another tough match and is wary of Fisher and Megan Werner.

“Penny is a dominant defender and her ability to pick off passes is special,” she said.

“Megan also seems to be hitting her straps and there are plenty of strong players running through the midcourt as well.”

The Eagles have lost just one game but have been inconsistent in terms of putting together strong scoring games. 

“We’re working hard every week to try and make sure we can be better in that area,” Richardson said.

Butler said she was happy how her side was positioned after six rounds.

“We will not be sitting back on our laurels,” she said.

“Last year we had comfortable wins against Minyip-Murtoa early before they pushed us when it mattered.”

Minyip-Murtoa v Dimboola

THIRD takes on fourth in an intriguing seventh round fixture between Minyip-Murtoa and Dimboola on Saturday.

The Burras lost their first game against Horsham prior to the bye and will be keen to come back strongly against a Dimboola side that is still looking to piece it all together.

The Roos have had lapses as the group gels back together to start the season but will need to be on top form to challenge at Minyip.

Nhill v Ararat

NHILL will further entrench itself in the top five if it can manage a win against Ararat.

The side is one game clear of the Rats and will want to turn with an even bigger advantage on the ladder. 

The Rats face a long road trip to take on the improved Tigers side.

The home side will be confident but have recently stumbled in second quarters, coach Tarrah Dodds will want her side to maintain its intensity throughout.

Horsham Saints v Stawell

STAWELL and the Horsham Saints will both view Saturday’s match as an opportunity to win.

The Saints will be full of confidence after breaking through for a win last round.

Stawell have struggled to match their opponents early in games and have found themselves playing catch-up each week.

If the Saints get on top early the confidence of having already won this season will be a big help.

The longer Stawell can stay in the contest the better chance the side will have of upsetting a young Saints lineup.

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