Demons variety key against tough Eagles | Wimmera Netball Association 2017

Olivia Jones was a key factor in Horsham six-goal win against Warrack on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
Olivia Jones was a key factor in Horsham six-goal win against Warrack on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

THE Horsham Demons maintained their perfect start to the season against a tough Warrack Eagles outfit on Saturday.

The side was challenged throughout the match before winning 38-32 after a strong middle half of the game.

Horsham coach Pauline Butler said her side had expected Warrack to come out hard and they did. “They threw some different things at us early and were on top early through the first quarter,” she said.

Horsham opted to add speed into its attacking circle as Sheridan Petering came on to replace Brittany Nitschke at the first break.

The move was fruitful as the side turned a one-goal deficit into a two-goal advantage at half-time.

Warrack continued to make changes to its on court combinations after half-time that did not work as well. The side managed just three goals in the third term and was 11 goals down at the final change.

“I think they were taking the chance to experiment as well,” Butler said.

Momentum swung again in the final quarter after further changes to the home side’s lineup but the margin was too great to bridge.

“Both teams will take away a fair bit from Saturday,” Butler said. “Warrack played well across the board and we have a few more combinations up our sleeve as well.”

Butler praised the performance of her defenders. “Olivia Jones played a near perfect game at wing defence,” she said. “Georgia Hiscock and Mel Scott were also very consistent at goal defence and goal attack. They all just created a lot of disruption.”