Nhill, Dimboola draw in a thriller

NHILL and Dimboola played in a thrilling 52-all draw at Davis Park at the weekend.

The Tigers and the Roos could not be split at the final whistle,   with both teams taking home two points.

It was Nhill’s second draw for the season, after previously tying with Minyip-Murtoa in round five.

Coach Stephanie Jones said she was pleased with all players.

“We were losing to Dimboola and then we finally got the right combination with Emma Smith and Marli Clark in goals,” she said.

“Emma came on at half-time and really popped up our team. 

“She shot unbelievably and only missed two goals for the game.

“Marli also shot amazing in goal attack – her average was about 90 per cent.” Jones said Emma Dickinson stood out in the centre court and was named in the best, along with Clark.

“Overall everyone played well – I couldn’t fault any of them,” she said.

“We’ve got a good combination now and hopefully we will go onto better things.”

Dimboola coach Tahlia Williams said the Roos were far from their best.

“We just had too many mistakes – our passing wasn’t good and we didn’t talk to each other enough. It was a fairly flat game,” she said.

“Hopefully we can rebound at the weekend and get back on the winners’ list.”

Goal-shooter Clark and mid-court player Dickinson were named in the Tigers’ best, while both Williams and goal attack 

Antoinette Toet impressed for the visitors.

Horsham Saints have moved into the top five after a 21-goal win over Minyip-Murtoa at Minyip Recreation Reserve.

The Saints got away early with goal attack Alaura McRae scoring seven goals in the first quarter.

Defenders Marnie Lehmann and Jarni Hansen were named in the Saints’ best.

Burras defenders Jacinta Sheridan and Lauren Hotker starred for their side.

Second-placed Ararat moved a game clear of third-placed Warrack Eagles with an eight-goal win at Alexandra Oval.

Scores were even at the first change, but Ararat soon edged in front and led by two goals at half-time.

Ararat extended its lead in the second half to overcome a competitive Eagles outfit 52-44.

Shooter Jakki Gibson scored 18 goals to be named in Ararat’s best.

Goal attack Megan Shea scored 34 goals for the winning side.

Horsham remains the only undefeated team in the competition after it beat Stawell by 38 goals at Central Park. 

The visitors led from the start and were up by 25 goals at half-time.

Mid-court players Paige Lloyd and Megan O’Connor starred for the Demons, with goalies Stephanie Thomson, 38 goals, and Georgia Duncan, 25 goals, capitalising on their opportunities. 

For the Warriors, shooter Liza Cook and goal attack Tahleah Haddow scored 23 and 12 goals respectively and were both named in the best.


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