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Netball pacemakers set for mighty clash in WNA

YOUNG VETERAN: Horsham’s Paige Lloyd, 21, likely to play a major role in a big clash against Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday, clocked up her 150th game for the Demons last weekend. Club leaders believe Lloyd, who started playing A Grade as a 14-year-old, is the youngest player to reach the milestone in the club’s history. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

YOUNG VETERAN: Horsham’s Paige Lloyd, 21, likely to play a major role in a big clash against Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday, clocked up her 150th game for the Demons last weekend. Club leaders believe Lloyd, who started playing A Grade as a 14-year-old, is the youngest player to reach the milestone in the club’s history. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER


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By COURTNEY CLOUGH
A highly skilled battle for top spot will cast an exciting spotlight on Wimmera Netball Association action this weekend.
Horsham Demons will welcome Minyip-Murtoa to Horsham City Oval courts, were the winner’s reward will be a place atop the ladder.
Dimboola will battle old enemy Nhill on home turf, Stawell Warriors will look to upset a travelling Warrack Eagles and Ararat happily hosts visiting Horsham Saints as both look to return to the winners list.
Horsham Demons and Minyip-Murtoa will both be prepared for what will be the first time they have met since last year’s grand final match.
In that game, Horsham came out on top, in the wet, also at Horsham City Oval, as 2016 premier.
While history is important, so is pain and that’s why this match is going to reveal more than just a result.
It will probably be touched on briefly, but they say you’re only as good as your last game and both sides are in form.
Four points aren’t just added to the winner’s tally and the season continues – that will happen anyway – however this round is important for all teams, to see where they sit so far, not just those closest to the top.
Exciting match-ups will take place across all thirds of the court between the Demons and Burras.
This will make the contest a great spectacle and showcase of league talent.
Horsham Demon Emma Buwalda has been dominating the goal-shooting circle this season and the Burras might throw versatile Stevie Bibby into her path in an attempt to shut her down.
Bibby will have plenty of defensive support from team-mates Stefanie Cooper and Laura Delahunty if she needs to slip into the middle
Up front for the Burras there are options – and plenty of versatility to boot. Whether they want a moving or holding circle, they have great targets in youngster Maddison Morgan and Jess Elder and the ever-so-reliable Kirby Knight who keeps getting better with each outing.
In their way stands strong defensive Demon duo Mel Scott and Georgia Hiscock who will look to cause plenty of disruption under the post.
If you’re in Horsham at 2pm Saturday, get courtside – this should be a thriller.
Hindmarsh battle
In a Hindmarsh battlefield, Dimboola will host neighbours Nhill.
Dimboola will look to the experienced Abbey Greig to create turnover opportunities and defensive drive while under the post shooter Billie-Jo Barber will be keen to continue accuracy despite tight defensive pressure from Tigers coach Tarrah Dodds.
The contest has the potential to be a tight shoot-out.
If the Horsham Saints want to collect a win against Ararat, meanwhile, they must match them in the mid court.
Ararat’s blistering midcourt speed from Jessica Williamson and Lauren Armstrong has the potential to out-gun most teams. For the Saints, tight-running defenders Ashlee Grace and Jessica Cannane need to slow it up for their side.
Both sides have plenty of tricks at either end and the battle in the middle and who gets on top first will put the winner in good stead.
Warrack Eagles are ticking all the boxes defensively, with Penny Fisher and Jess Kelly creating great defensive structure for their side
The Eagles won’t take Stawell lightly, particularly at Central Park, and the Warriors’ versatility in match-ups might surprise. Defender Lisa Flemming will play a huge part in this.
Round-five results: Horsham d Dimboola 61-38, Minyip-Murtoa d Stawell 61-27, Nhill d Horsham Saints 45-43, Warrack Eagles d Ararat 34-27.

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