Dimboola come out firing in round 12

Dimboola's Nicole Polycarpou shoots as Nhill's Emma Hawker defends while Billie-Jo Barber waits under the ring. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Dimboola's Nicole Polycarpou shoots as Nhill's Emma Hawker defends while Billie-Jo Barber waits under the ring. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

DIMBOOLA came out firing during its round 12 match against Nhill on Saturday.

While the Tigers fought to close the gap from second half, the Roos were able to maintain their lead to claim the four points.

The final scoreboard had the Roos on top with a four-goal lead, 46 to 42. 

Tigers coach Tarrah Dodds said the team struggled to string four consistent quarters together. 

“Dimboola came out strongly from the first quarter and got a six-goal lead on us, which they built on by halftime,” she said. 

The Roos claimed a steady lead with the score, 15 to nine.

Dodds the Tigers struggled to play to the day’s weather conditions from the get-go.

“The day was very windy and Dimboola was able to adjust quickly and played to the conditions from the start,” she said. 

The Roos added 13 goals to their tally during the second quarter. 

Dodds said Dimboola goal shooters Billie-Jo Barber and Nicole Polycarpou were an impressive unit.

“Their accuracy made it difficult because there wasn’t any opportunities to capitalise on rebounds,” she said. 

At halftime Dimboola had added to its lead, 28 to 15. 

Dimboola coach Ant Toet said the team let its guard down in the second half.

“We’ve never been in the position where we’ve had a convincing lead and the girls took that for granted,” she said.

Dodds said the Tigers were determined to close the gap and get ahead. 

The fourth quarter had the Tigers scoring 16 goals to Dimboola’s eight. 

But the Tigers’ late start was not enough to grab the victory in round 12 and they fell short.    

”The final quarter was tight. If the game went for another five minutes it could have gone our way,” she said. 

Toet said Nhill goal shooter Emma Beer had a solid game in goals. Beer scored 30 of the team’s 42 goals. 

“She has good height, so when she’s on target she is the one to contain,” she said.

“Their team is tall and we can’t match them for height but our decision making through the mid-court contained that to a degree.”

Tigers’ centre Jessica Smith was named best player for her consistent performance. 

Best on court for Dimboola was goal defender Abbey Greig. 

Toet said Greig had boundless amounts of energy and provided great direction in both defence and the mid-court.

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