HORSHAM Saints have extinguished Ararat’s finals hopes with a six-goal win in their A Grade match at Horsham’s Coughlin Park on Saturday.
It was an even first quarter for both teams with the Rats taking the lead by one goal at the quarter-time break.
The home team was able to reverse the scoreline and take a one-goal lead into halftime, 24-23.
The Saints extended the lead in the third quarter to lead by four goals at the final change.
The Rats could not bridge the gap in the final term, losing 40-46 at the final whistle.
Rhi Davis was added to the team for the clash and topped the Rats scoring with 24 goals from 29 attempts in an impressive performance.
Davis’ performance was acknowledged with the best on court honours along with Jess Williamson.
Maggie Caris mirrored the dominant performance at the other end for the Saints and finished with 38 goals from 46 attempts.
Saints defender Rene Caris was also a standout with her performance with both players sharing the best on court honours for the home team.
The win keeps the Saints’ finals hopes alive, as they sit two games clear in fifth spot.
The Rats had to win the match to keep their chances alive and will be playing for pride in the final matches, as Ararat sits in seventh position and 12 points out of the top five.
The round 14 matches shape up as just as important with Ararat set to host Nhill.
The Rats could end Nhill’s finals hopes with a win and ensure the current top five remains the same going into finals.
The Saints will be away from home when they travel to Central Park to face the Stawell Warriors.