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    STRETCH: Ararat keeper Racquel Scott puts pressure on Stawell goalie Ebony Summers during Wimmera netball A Grade action in Ararat. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Stawell draws first blood

Stawell has hit the court running in Wimmera league netball competition, scoring a 10-goal win over arch rival Ararat in a Good Friday season opener in Ararat.

The Warriors established a winning break midway through the contest, expanding a three-goal quarter-time lead to six at the main break.

It was a lead that proved telling as the contest, played in unseasonably warm weather,  intensified in the second half.

Stawell maintained the advantage, dropping 27 second-half goals to Ararat’s 23.

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Stawell’s first line-up on the court in more than 12 months included shooters Zanaiya Bergen and Ebony Summers, mid-court players Madi Taylor and Jemma Clarkson, and a defensive group of Courtney McIlvride, Lisa Fleming and Rachel Wood.

Ararat had Jesse Bligh and Jessica Taylor sharing centre and wing-attack duties, Tayla Borrelli and Delaney McLoughlan attacking under the goals and Monique and Racquel Scott and Rebecca Skrabl in defence.

In other Good Friday results, Ararat prevailed in B Grade by three goals, Stawell won C Grade by 21 and 40 in 17 and under. Ararat won 15 and under 40-15 and Stawell scored a 36-7 win in 13 and under.


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