Minyip-Murtoa in box seat for double chance | Wimmera Netball Association

THE make up of the A Grade finals looks to be locked in with three rounds of the Wimmera Netball Association still to play.

Dimboola is the only side outside of the top five that could still steal a place in September action but the side would likely need to win all three of its games, including one against the Warrack Eagles, to be any chance.

The Roos sit two wins behind the Horsham Saints after suffering a comfortable loss to the side on Saturday.

The Saints side controlled the game from the outset before a dominant final quarter saw it win 83-58.

A 27-10 scoreline in the fourth quarter turned a 12-goal margin into a thumping 25-goal win by the final whistle.

Maggie Caris scored 65 goals at 82 per cent efficiency and was one of her side’s best alongside Tara Jasper, while Jodie Hayes was best on court for Dimboola.

Elsewhere a key battle battle between Minyip-Murtoa and Ararat resulted in the Burras moving into the box seat to claim a double-chance in finals.

Minyip-Murtoa jumped out of the gate on the way to recording a 52-41 win against the Rats.

Burras coach Claire Drum said she was pleased her side played so well from the outset.

“We let Ararat win the second quarter and we the last quarter but it was a very positive performance,” she said.

“Our good goaling accuracy allowed us to make the most of the opportunities we created early in the game.

“The defensive pressure we applied across the court all game created lot of those chances.”

The Burras opened up a six-goal advantage at quarter time which closed to four by the main break. The lead has extended to 11 goals by the final break before the sides broke even in the final quarter.

Drum said Ararat were far from an easy team to overcome.

“They were relentless and fast through the centre court, especially with Jess Williamson in there,” she said.

“I was pleased with how our team responded to some of the changes we made through the centre court in the second half.” 

Georgia McLennan, Billie Bibby, Ashlee Knight and Laura Delahunty all changed roles after half-time.

Drum said the team reacted positively to the moves.

“It’s a credit to the girls and they noticed it themselves because they commented after the game about how it didn’t have a negative impact,” she said.

“It shows you how versatile they are as individuals and from a team point of view.”

McLennan and Delahunty were best on court for the Burras while Williamson and Krystal Fisher impressed for the Rats.

The Stawell Warriors climbed of the bottom of the ladder with a second win of the season.

The Warriors were able to control play through the final quarter at Central Park in order to defeat the Southern Mallee Giants 60-41.

After leading for much of the contest the Warriors were able to put the foot down in the fourth quarter to outscore the Giants by 13 goals to secure the win.

Jemma Clarkson was pivotal at goal attack for Stawell, as was Ebony Summers with the pressure she applied at goal keeper.

The final match of the round saw the Horsham Demons manage a thumping 72-31 win against Nhill.

The Demons had established a 13-goal lead by the end of the first quarter and it had already grown to 28 goals by half-time.

Young shooter Emma Buwalda and the experienced Penelope Manserra were pivotal as the Demons continued to build the lead during the second half.

It will be an interesting final three rounds for the bottom three sides as they battle to avoid the wooden spoon. All three sit on two wins with three games left to play.