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Southern Mallee Giants climbing netball ladder

ON GUARD: Horsham’s Faith McKenzie guards Nhill goal attack Charlotte Foulds during Saturday’s match. Foulds shot nine goals for her side. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ON GUARD: Horsham’s Faith McKenzie guards Nhill goal attack Charlotte Foulds during Saturday’s match. Foulds shot nine goals for her side. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Colin MacGillivray
Southern Mallee Giants could climb back into the top five with a win against reigning premier Horsham Saints after overcoming Dimboola by two goals at the weekend.
The Giants have been on the fringes of the Wimmera Netball Association top five for most of the season and are currently sixth, four points and percentage behind the Saints.
They kept their finals hopes alive by withstanding a sustained four-quarter challenge from the Roos on Saturday.
The Giants led by a single goal at quarter time, thanks in large part to a nine-goal haul from Steph Thompson in the first term.
The margin stayed at a single goal after a back-and-forth second quarter, with Thompson again getting the best of Dimboola goal keeper Ruby Redford.
At the other end, Roo Olivia Jorgensen started to get her own game going with nine goals, and Dimboola wing defence Ant Toet made a big impact.
The third quarter proved a decisive one for the Giants as they were able to stretch their slim lead to four, allowing them to withstand a final quarter push from the Roos to win 46-44.
The Giants now have the opportunity to leapfrog Horsham Saints into the top five with a win on Saturday, although the task will be difficult.
To displace the Saints, Southern Mallee would need to win by about 15 goals in order to boost their percentage high enough.
In the weekend’s other matches, Horsham and Minyuip-Murtoa were too powerful for Nhill and Warrack Eagles respectively.

PHOTOS| Horsham take on Nhill at Horsham City Oval

The Demons commanded their match against the Tigers from the start and only got better as the match wore on, slamming on 19 goals in the second quarter and 21 in the fourth to finish the 73-29 domination.
Faith McKenzie ended her day at goal shooter after beginning at goal keeper and helping to stifle Nhill’s attackers.
Despite close attention from McKenzie in the first half, Nhill shooter Sydney Thorogood finished the day with 20 goals.
Gorgia Sealey and Julie Cook battled hard for Nhill at wing defence and goal keeper respectively, while Jess Casey was a standout for Horsham after taking over from McKenzie at goal keeper.
Romi Miller and Emma Buwalda shared the spoils up front for Horsham with a combined 68 goals.
Minyip-Murtoa was made to work harder, but still had plenty of breathing room in a 55-38 win against Warrack Eagles.
Goalies Georgia McLennan and Kirby Knight combined beautifully in the goal ring for the Burras, with Knight netting 44 shots and McLennan working hard around the court.
Emma Koschitzke and Sarah Spicer were able to move the ball well through midcourt for the Eagles, but the team could not contend with the Burras’ firepower.
The Eagles now have a bye, while Minyip-Murtoa will travel to Nhill.
Ararat will host Horsham in a match pitting second against third on the ladder.
Dimboola will play host to Stawell in what both sides should see as a winnable game.
The Roos have only one win to their name this season, while the Warriors are winless but have been competitive.

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