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Dimboola to get a peek

Dimboola to get a peek

Dimboola will be peeking into the window of the Wimmera Netball Association five when it meets bottom-placed Minyip Murtoa on Saturday.
The Roo girls are sitting one game and percentage outside the five and can threaten an uneasy Horsham Saints who have a difficult challenge against competition powerhouse Ararat at Coughlin Park.
Dimboola coach Leanne Smith said her team only won by a small margin against the Burras last time but the team had improved.
“We are a very young side with only one girl that isn’t under 19 years old,” Smith said.
“We will be making a few positional changes for this week too,” she said.
“Since Alex Saxton has returned, we have been able to place her in goals which has freed Tahlia Kruger to go into defense. This means we can bring Abbey Newton into the centre so there is not as big a workload for our juniors.”
Grace Braithwaite and Jacqui Pohlner have been stepping up from juniors each week to fill centre court positions but the second game is making it tough for the exciting young players.
Tall and talented Kruger has been giving her team plenty of drive from defense and along with 2007 B grade star Beth Conlan, has helped cover the loss of goal keeper Vicki Thomas who is likely to miss the season with a severe ankle injury.
Being such a young side, Dimboola will continue to improve during the year and will trouble many sides in the business end of the season.
“We’re good enough to be in the five but sickness and injury has slowed our progress,” Smith said.
“But of course we’re just rapt to be fielding a competitive A grade team after not having one at all,” Smith said.
Minyip Murtoa also continues to structure a young side and with talented youth such as Sharna Newell and Jenna Clark leading the way, another win is just around the corner for the Burra girls.
Horsham Saints will be hoping to perform well against undefeated Ararat but will struggle to match the skills of Olivia West, Jakki Gibson, Megan Shea and Jade Fiscalini.
West was the star in Ararat’s crushing win over Horsham last week and she will make sure her team maintains their record over the Saints who have Ebony Baker doing well in goals and Zeena Kelm holding the defense together.
A rock solid Horsham United defense of Kate Wear, Virginia Friend and Katie McKinnon will prevent their City Oval co-tenants Horsham Demons from its third win despite the good form of Cassandra Kelly and Pieta Rissmann.
Nhill will have a tough contest against second placed Warrack Eagles but will have the home court advantage of Davis Park and the good form of Shernae Kerber and Rochelle James to thier advantage.
The Eagles are looking like grand final contenders again with the class of Sarah Koschitzke and Penny Fisher in full flight.

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Posted on Jun 25 2008

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