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PHOTOS | Horsham Saints netball premiership defence put under pressure

SHOOTING STAR: Southern Mallee Giants shooter Janelle Lawson flicks a pass to team-mate Marnie Lehmann against Horsham Saints in Wimmera Netball Association action at Coughlin Park.

SHOOTING STAR: Southern Mallee Giants shooter Janelle Lawson flicks a pass to team-mate Marnie Lehmann against Horsham Saints in Wimmera Netball Association action at Coughlin Park.

By DEAN LAWSON
Wimmera Netball Association reigning premiers Horsham Saints face a tough assignment at Warracknabeal on Saturday as they attempt to stay in touch with the top five.
The Saints are sitting sixth on the ladder after a disaster against Southern Mallee Giants and now meet competition leader Warrack Eagles fresh from a comprehensive win over Stawell.
The Saints came unstuck by five goals against the Giants last week, after having a narrow three-quarter time lead.
Despite the efforts of wing defence Ashlee Grace and goal attack Abby Hallam, the Saints failed to match the Giants’ final term.
They now confront an Eagles side that scored 81 goals in a 61-goal trumping of Stawell and will find it hard to bypass resolute defender Penny Fisher and keep pace with the likes of Zandria Malone and Emma Koschitzke.
Seventh-placed Southern Mallee Giants, with superstar goalie Janelle Lawson shooting at 90 percent last week, will attempt to beat fifth-placed Dimboola in another major test and leap-frog the Saints on the ladder.
Defender Maddelyne Shannon and midcourter Emma Mill won accolades last week as the Giants produced a match-winning 17-goal final term.
Dimboola, 18 goals too good for Nhill last run with wings Antoinette Toet and Ruby Redford starring, will be on guard to protect fifth spot.
Nhill will try to rebound against Ararat but will find the Rats, who shared in a draw with Horsham, hard to beat in Ararat.
Emma Hawker and Rosie Smith led the Tigers’ cause last week and will be up against in-form players such as Tahnee Walker, Krystal Fisher and Rebecca Skrabl.
Ararat’s clash with Horsham reverted to a goalie shoot-out with both teams finding the ring.
Ararat shooter Walker played her best game for the season and in strongly demanding the ball was hard to stop.
Walker also had support from goal attack Tayla Borrelli while the Rats defence featuring Skrabl and partner in crime Fisher was exceptional.
Second-placed Minyip-Murtoa will come off a bye to take on Stawell, which will need to be on its game at Minyip to get anywhere near a team on the hunt to try to make up percentage on Warrack Eagles.
Stawell needs to forget the final result from last week and look to efforts of Dakota Cosson and Rachel Wood, best against the Eagles, for inspiration.
This weekend Wimmera association 13-and-under and 15-and-under representative teams travel to Melbourne to play in Netball Victoria Association Championship finals.
Round-seven results: Ararat drew with Horsham 48-48, Warrack Eagles d Stawell 81-21, Southern Mallee Giants d Horsham Saints 60-55, Dimboola d Nhill 60-42.

Giants shooter janelle Lawson. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Giants shooter janelle Lawson. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Giants centre Ruby Fisher. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Giants centre Ruby Fisher. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Giants goal attack Marnie Lehmann playing on permit from Pimpinio. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Giants goal attack Marnie Lehmann playing on permit from Pimpinio. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Gabby O'Brien and Elly Barnett guard Janelle Lawson. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Gabby O’Brien and Elly Barnett guard Janelle Lawson. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Janelle Lawson, SMG, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Janelle Lawson, SMG, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Trudi Hallam guards Shannon Reinheimer, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Trudi Hallam guards Shannon Reinheimer, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Kimberley Shannon passes to Janelle Lawson, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Kimberley Shannon passes to Janelle Lawson, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

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Posted on Jun 13 2018

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