JUST as the side has done for the many previous season the Horsham Demons have set a high benchmark so far in 2017.
Through the first 10 rounds the side’s average winning margin has been an impressive 24 goals. A 49-goal win in round three has been the side’s biggest win and a six goal win against Warrack Eagles in round seven is side’s only single digit win.
THE Burras are one of two natural challengers for Demons as the association starts to look towards finals.
The side has barely skipped a beat despite losing captain Paula Wiedermann to injury in round three and as defenders Stevie Bibby, Stefanie Cooper and Lateesha Gascoyne continue to play key roles.
AN EXPERIENCED Warrack Eagles side already loomed as the dark horse to challenge Horsham and Minyip-Murtoa but a round nine win against the Burras further enhanced the side’s reputation.
The side’s strong defensive structures built around Penny Fisher, Jess Kelly and Jenna Schulz continue to be important. If the Eagles can find the right attacking partner for Meg Werner when it matters most the side will be a huge threat.
THE Roos have been up and down this season. With host of players returning to the A grade fold in 2017 the side had to gel early before it could start to play its best.
A tendency to be blown-out in quarters has cost the side valuable percentage but coach Ant Toet continues to implore her side to believe it itself in order to play at its best for four quarters. Two games against Nhill will be crucial with games against the top-three sides also to come in the final six rounds.
NHILL’S ability to defend well allowed it to upset Warrack in round 10 and vaulted the side back into contention for a spot in the final five.
Last season the side struggled to just one win but with six rounds remaining it is well and truly in finals contention in 2017. Two games against both the Saints and Dimboola, as well as a game against Ararat, means the sides chances of playing finals are within its own control.
A NEW group of players has made it difficult for the Rats to play consistent netball so far this season. Two of the side’s win have come against a disappointing Warriors side with the other notched against Nhill.
Games against the Horsham Saints and the Tigers will be key to whether or not the side can return to finals action this season.
THE Saints have improved this season in order to challenge the association’s top sides but a run of close losses has them languishing in seventh.
Finals are still on the agenda for the Saints with games against Nhill, Stawell and Ararat taking up four of the final six rounds of the season.
It has been a long and difficult season for the Warriors but the side still has the chance to influence the final five when it plays the Saints and Ararat in coming weeks.