Second half blast wins it for Minyip-Murtoa | Wimmera Netball Association 2017

DEFENCE: Stevie Bibby was at her defensive best as Minyip-Murtoa shut Dimboola out in the second half on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
DEFENCE: Stevie Bibby was at her defensive best as Minyip-Murtoa shut Dimboola out in the second half on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

MINYIP-MURTOA stamped its authority against Dimboola on Saturday as the side bounced back strongly from its first loss of the season.

The Burras put in a commanding second-half performance on the way to a 61-31 win.

Coach Claire Drum said she was happy with how the girls performed. “Sometimes it’s really hard to push through and on to big wins because it’s easy to relax,” she said. “It’s important to show that you are finals contenders by defeating other teams in contention.”

The match shaped-up as a tight contest early when the Burras led by just two goals at quarter time.

Missed opportunities in the second quarter prevented the home side from being further than five goals ahead at half time.

“It’s still about playing four quarters for us,” Drum said.

“We were probably not quite playing our A game in the second quarter.”

The Burras stepped up in a big way at both ends of the court in a 36-goal to 12 second half.

Dimboola had no answer to the defensive combination of Stevie Bibby and Stefanie Cooper in the goal ring.

“Stef continues to build, you would hardly know she was out of the game for a year,” Drum said. “Jess Elder also put in a strong performance at goal attack. She was strong in the goal ring and further up the court.”

Carly Werner and Rianna Kuhne were among the best players for Dimboola in their side’s loss.