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Ararat on the move in Wimmera netball after one-goal win

CLOSE QUARTERS: Southern Mallee Giants centre Emma Mill attempts to ‘thread a needle’ during Wimmera netball action against Minyip-Murtoa. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

CLOSE QUARTERS: Southern Mallee Giants centre Emma Mill attempts to ‘thread a needle’ during Wimmera netball action against Minyip-Murtoa. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Ararat will attempt to put the foot down and try to climb further up the ladder in Wimmera Netball Association when it meets Dimboola at Dimboola on Saturday.
The Rats, sitting fourth in a tight squeeze for top-four spots, will take on the Roos after a dramatic one-goal win over Horsham Saints.
Dimboola, on the other hand, is desperately trying to stay in touch with the top five after falling 32 goals off the pace against Horsham.
Ararat came from behind to beat Horsham Saints, chipping away at a margin until the deathknock in the final term.
The Rats trailed by four goals at quarter time, six at half time and seven at the last change, but came home with a wet sail, producing an 18-goal final term.
Both teams’ goalies found the ring and an intrigued crowd appreciated impressive shooting accuracy.
Going into the last quarter, Ararat knew it had to change its mind to dig deeply, play hard and keep control of the ball and delivered on all fronts.
Centre Kate Bligh ran hard and goal keeper Rebecca Skrabl, who had the task of shutting down tall Maggie Caris, kept the young Saints star to six goals, removing opposition options into the circle.
“It was one of the best comebacks I have watched,” Ararat coach Donna Spalding said.
Dimboola will be wary against the Rats and needs a turnaround in form after a heavy loss to the Demons.
Louisa Vague and Ant Toet were the Roos’ best in the loss.
Another big game this weekend looms between standout Warrack Eagles and Minyip-
Murtoa at Beulah.
It was a tough day at the office for undermanned Nhill Tigers against the Eagles last week, the absences of Nhill captain Lauren Tink and Sarah Dickinson, injuries and competing with only six players reflected in a final 81-6 scorecard.
Penny Fisher and Emma Koschitzke played well for the winners who will find arch enemy Minyip-Murtoa a much tougher opponent.
The Burras are second on the ladder and brimming with confidence after a 55-26 win over Southern Mallee Giants.
The Burras produced a big first quarter and opened an 11-goal lead at the first break that proved critical as the game progressed.
Minyip-Murtoa won second and third quarters by only three and four goals respectively, but a change in the last quarter sparked a resurgence with Georgia McLennan moving from wing attack to goal shooter and Billie Bibby taking the wing attack bib.
Goal-circle defensive pressure led by Paula Wiedermann, with support from Stacey Arnold, was consistent throughout the game and Kirby Knight anchored the goaling end and provided a strong target for the centre court.
Top-two showdown
This week’s match between first and second is poised to be a top contest.
The Giants are searching for a third win but will find the assignment tough against Horsham.
Last week Zoe Turnbull and Molly Denita Reid led the way and this week the Giants take on a Horsham side with Victoria Taylor and Emma Buwalda in top form.
Nhill has to regroup in a clash against Stawell and the hope is that players will recover quickly from injuries.
Jess Smith worked hard for the Tigers last week, playing in defence for the first time and junior Lucy Bone was composed for her first full A Grade game.
Stawell is coming off a bye.
Round-11 results: Ararat d Horsham Saints 52-51, Horsham d Dimboola 72-40, Minyip-Murtoa d Southern Mallee Giants 55-26, Warrack Eagles d Nhill 81-6.

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