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    IN FRONT: Dimboola’s Darcy Dubios leads Ethan Summers to the ball. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Minyip-Murtoa, Ararat leading the Wimmera football pack

By Michael Scalzo

Minyip-Murtoa gets a deserved bye-break in round five of Wimmera Football Netball League competition after the weekend’s win has it sitting equal first on the ladder. 

Round-four of competition pitted the Burras against Southern Mallee Giants at Beulah for a heavy-weight match against two league contenders. 

The Giants and Burras kept within a goal of each other all game, with scores level at the three-quarter-time break. 

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In a low-scoring affair, the Giants’ inaccurate 6.10 (46) was their three-quarter-time score and full-time score; the Burras kicked away in the end with three-straight goals to the Giants’ nothing to win by 18 points, 10.4 (64). 

The Giants’ loss has dropped them two wins below the leading Burras-Rats pair, and level with Stawell on the ladder. 

The Warriors were slow out of the blocks against Horsham Saints, at Stawell, but cantered away from the Saints after the first break to win 11.11 (77) to 6.6 (42). 

Stawell’s Shane Field, Sam Williams and Mitch Thorp shared the goal-kicking around with three each, while Jarrod Stafford and Tom Eckel were again constructive all day.
Warrack Eagles got their first win of the season against Horsham at Anzac Park. 

The Eagles withstood a last-quarter Demons charge to celebrate a six-point win. The Eagles’ Matthew Johns and Ryan McKenzie claimed honours, while Daniel Penny slotted three-majors. 

Dimboola led Ararat into the first change and was in touch at half time, before the Roos fell off the pace at Alexandra Oval. 

Led by Ben and Riley Taylor, and with four goals from Sonny Kettle, the Rats kept their undefeated start intact  to win 12.14 (86) to 6.6 (42). 

Nhill had a bye. 

Round five will decide who out of Horsham Saints or Nhill will hold last-place honours, as the two winless teams get an opportunity to get their season’s tally off the line. 

But a Dimboola versus Stawell match up at Dimboola should be the game of the round. 

The two sides seem evenly matched at this stage of the season and the Roos will eye a chance to slowly get themselves back into the finals race.  

A win over the Warriors will do that campaign no harm. 

The Eagles head to Ararat for a meeting with the Rats that will test the Eagles’ development. 

A win or a close result on the road will see their confidence continue to build.

Horsham will welcome the Giants to the city oval. 

The Demons will be disappointed with their loss to the Eagles on Saturday and there will be no better place to bounce back than against a good Giants side at home. 

This week: Horsham Saints v Nhill, Horsham Demons v Southern Mallee Giants, Dimboola v Stawell, Ararat v Warrack Eagles.

Last week: Minyip-Murtoa 10.4 (64) d Southern Mallee Giants 6.10 (46), Stawell 11.11 (77) d Horsham Saints 6.6 (42), Warrack Eagles 11.9 (75) d Horsham Demons 10.9 (69), Ararat 12.14 (86) d 6.6 (42).  

Ladder: Ararat 16 points, 327.74 percent; Minyip-Murtoa 16, 151.78; Southern Mallee Giants 8, 149.74; Stawell 8, 114.71; Horsham Demons 8, 124.37; Warrack Eagles 4, 59.18; Dimboola -8, 76.36; Nhill 0, 42.99; Horsham Saints 0, 37.86. 

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