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22 June 2022
By Abby Walter
Wimmera Football Netball League sides in the middle of the pack at the halfway point are set for tough battles ahead to secure themselves a finals berth.
A clash between Southern Mallee Giants and Dimboola will look different to their round one meet, with injuries plaguing the Giants, meaning the Roos will be looking for a turnaround.
Despite a rocky season start the Roos are slowly climbing the ladder and will be a tough competition for the Giants.
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Dustin Inglis will be one to watch for Dimboola after a consistent performance over the past three games.
Sam White has had a good season so far for the Giants and the Roos will have to shut down his momentum.
After playing each team once and remaining undefeated, Ararat will be feeling confident heading into the second half of the season.
Round one saw an eight-goal margin between Ararat and Stawell and the Rats will be looking to repeat that strong performance.
Stawell will be feeling good after a win over Horsham, but a cohesive Ararat unit is likely to be too strong after coming off a two week break.
Jackson Dark has been crucial for the Warriors and Matthew Hutchesson is key in the Rats’ success.
Horsham will be looking for redemption over Nhill, both coming out of round nine with losses.
The young Demons side has struggled to find their feet this year, but should be too fast for the Nhill unit.
Minyip-Murtoa will look to retain second place on the ladder when it comes out against Horsham Saints.
Another young side this year, the Saints are building each week but are unlikely to take to the consistent Burras side.
In round nine, Stawell defeated Horsham by two goals after a strong start to the game.
A 22-point lead at the main break was enough to maintain a lead all game, with Jackson Dark and Jack Walker shining for the Warriors. In the middle, Billie Carberry was key for the Demons, while Rhys Barber was consistent and kicked two goals.
Minyip-Murtoa was too strong for Nhill with Will Holmes and Lachlan Johns showing their strength across the oval for the Burras.
Jarryd Dahlenburg played a strong game for the Tigers and was well supported by Timothy Bone.
A significantly depleted Giants side had a tough day at the office when a fast-moving Saints side came through with a win.
A close first quarter blew out before half- time and the Saints continued to increase the margin as the game went on.
Gage Wright and Tom Vincent were instrumental in the win for the Saints.
Former AFL player Jackson Trengove showed his stuff for the Giants, but it was not enough to combat the Saints.
This week: Ararat v Stawell, Dimboola v Southern Mallee Giants, Horsham Saints v Minyip-Murtoa, Horsham v Nhill, Warrack Eagles, bye.
Last week: Stawell 13.11 (89) d Horsham 11.9 (75), Horsham Saints 16.9 (105) d Southern Mallee Giants 4.10 (34), Minyip-
Murtoa 21.17 (143) d Nhill 6.4 (40). Ladder: Ararat 32 points, 245.57 percent; Minyip-Murtoa 28, 150.59; Stawell 20, 131.71; Horsham 12, 116.27; Horsham Saints 12, 75.61; Dimboola 8, 110.34; Southern Mallee Giants 8, 82.88; Warrack Eagles 8, 61.67; Nhill 4, 50.06.
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