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    Dimboola’s A Grade netball side headed off down the Western Highway to Ararat on Saturday and got the better of the Rats to hand them their first loss of the season. Dimboola goal shooter Nicole Polycarpou keeps Ararat defender Racquel Scott away as the ball is fed into the circle. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham Demons, Southern Mallee Giants set Wimmera netball scene

By Michael Scalzo

Horsham Demons take on Southern Mallee Giants this weekend in what should be Wimmera netball competition’s most closely contested match of round-five this week. 

The Demons, fresh from a 37-goal victory over Warrack Eagles at the weekend, will meet a Giants squad eager to bounce back from its loss against Minyip-Murtoa. 

The Demons, who led at every change, were too good despite the efforts of the Eagles’ Emma Koschitzke and Ashlynn McKenzie – 57-20 the final score. 

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Minyip-Murtoa kept the Giants at bay all game to win by 11 goals. 

The Giants, only one goal behind at the quarter-time break, steadily built on their lead at every subsequent break to win 47-36. 

Stawell welcomed Horsham Saints to its home courts but couldn’t match the Saints quick ball movement. 

The Saints led at every change to run out a 70-59 win, with a good contest between Saints keeper Larnie Hobbs and Warriors shooter Zanaiya Bergen.

The closest match of the round was the contest between Ararat and Dimboola, as the Roos ended the Rats’ winning streak. 

Dimboola centre-court player Abbey Greig played well, as did Ararat defender Racquel Scott. 

The Roos had a two-goal lead at the last change but extended that to nine goals by the final whistle. The Roos secured a 49-40 win.

Teams will back up their efforts for round five on Saturday, with the first quarter of the 2022 season already in the rear vision mirror. 

The Demons versus Giants match will be a fast affair through the centre court and defensive pressure on each other’s ball movement will be key. 

Demons Jedda Heard and Romi Miller will have their work cut out to shut down the Giants’ Steph Thomson and Zali Brown. 

Stawell heads to Dimboola to face a Roos side sure to play with confidence this week after having knocked off the Rats last week. 

The contest should be at the ends of the court, with Stawell eager for a round-five win. 

A disappointed Ararat welcomes Warrack Eagles to its home court. 

With both teams’ centre court topped with fast players, again, defensive pressure will be key.

Horsham Saints A Grade will sit out this round, as does Minyip-Murtoa who has a bye. 

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