A DOMINANT final quarter against the Horsham Saints allowed Minyip-Murtoa allowed to make a big statement ahead of finals in the last round of the regular season.
In the only match of the round to feature two finals-bound sides the Burras stormed home to outscore the Saints 24-7 in the last quarter to eventually win 69-51.
The Burras led at every change throughout the match but never by more than three goals.
The home team only had a slender one-goal lead at the final change before it took full control of the contest.
Minyip-Murtoa coach Claire Drum said the Saints looked to change things up during the last quarter which allowed her side to get on top.
“With nothing really on the line in the game we were working on our game and they were looking to try a few things as well,” she said.
“But as always it was good competition against the Saints.”
Neither side was able to break the game open through the first three quarter as both side’s shot at a high percentage.
“I think the the styles both side’s play with match up fairly well,” Drum said. “I think both teams learnt a fair bit from the match as we played around with a few different combinations and positions.”
Kirby Knight scored 17 of her 52 goals in her side’s last quarter blitz with Paula Weidermann and Billy Bibbie both playing important roles in the win as well.
Lavinia Fox and Ashlee Grace were standouts for the Saints.
Drum also praised Stacey Arnold and Jenna Clark for making a smooth transition into the side
“It’s no surprise that Stacey’s fitting in well and Jenna as well,” she said. “It’s really nice to see those girls just slip in and out of the team on court. You are too exposed if you don’t have that depth on your bench so you have to make sure they are all part of the team all the way through.”
Elsewhere the Southern Mallee Giants managed to avoid the wooden spoon in the club’s first season in the Wimmera association.
A strong second-half performance against Nhill was enough for the side to secure a 54-39 win. The Tigers had started quickly and held a four-goal lead at the first change but the Giants were able to erase that deficit to lead 21-20 at half time.
Demi Donnellon and Maddelyne Shannon stood out as the Giants outscored their rivals 33-19 in the second half.
Warrack Eagles secured the minor premiership with an impressive 62-29 win against Dimboola with Briodi McKenzie and Sarah Spicer starring on court.
The last match of the round saw Horsham Demons run away with an 81-37 win after a close first quarter against Stawell.