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WNA| Grand final: Horsham Demons v Minyip-Murtoa

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Most of Wimmera Netball Association’s primary Hatcher Medal vote-winners will be in action against each other in an A Grade grand final on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Rising Star Award winner Jessica Williamson, Ararat, Horsham runner-up Emma Buwalda, Hatcher Medallist and Minyip-Murtoa defender Stevie Bibby, and equal third place-getters Abbie Avery and Melanie Scott, both from Horsham. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Most of Wimmera Netball Association’s primary Hatcher Medal vote-winners will be in action against each other in an A Grade grand final on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Rising Star Award winner Jessica Williamson, Ararat, Horsham runner-up Emma Buwalda, Hatcher Medallist and Minyip-Murtoa defender Stevie Bibby, and equal third place-getters Abbie Avery and Melanie Scott, both from Horsham. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

By REBECCA SCRABL
Minyip-Murtoa brought Stawell’s Wimmera Netball Association premiership hopes to an end with a crushing 41-goal preliminary final win.
The height and reach of goal keeper Paula Wiedermann played havoc with Stawell’s shooting chances and Kirby Knight was on song at the other end of the court.
Stawell played with its defensive combination all game to try to lock down Knight, with Lisa Fleming shuffling back to goal keeper, but it proved a case of too little, too late, with the Burras cruising to a dominant win.
This week Minyip-Murtoa faces off against Horsham in the grand final.
The last time these two met in the semi-final, the Burras set a cracking pace, leading by the end of the first quarter.
A quick reshuffle of Horsham’s attacking end in the second quarter saw the Demons hit their stride, and from that moment the Demons had control of the game, finishing 12 goals ahead of the Burras.
The Demons’ attacking combination of Emma Buwalda and Georgia Duncan is almost unstoppable. Both are strong, athletic shooters with great accuracy.
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Stevie Bibby, Minyip-Murtoa’s Heather Hatcher Medal winner, will most likely get the job defending Duncan, leaving Wiedermann to cover flashy young-gun, and Hatcher Medal runner-up Emma Buwalda.
If the Burras want to win, both Bibby and Wiedermann will have to be on their toes and work together to subdue Horsham’s attacking end.
Minyip-Murtoa’s hopes of ending a 30-year premiership drought also rely on shutting down Horsham’s dynamic and fast-paced midcourt.
Abbie Avery provides plenty of drive through the midcourt, and works in well with Paige Lloyd at wing attack.
To the Burras’ advantage, the side has had a strong finals campaign with three straight games, while Horsham has had a rest.
But can the Burras rein in the Demons?
Horsham would still be smarting from last year’s one-goal loss to Warrack Eagles. This year the Demons will be keen on redemption and this game should be a thriller right until the final siren.

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