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    REACH: Dimboola’s Billie Barber and Ararat’s Mia Robb tussle for the ball during Saturday’s action. Picture: KAREN REES
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    Sophie Cooper and Paige Glover.
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    Ararat's Bella Westbrook reaches for the ball
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    Dimboola's Paige Glover contests the ball with Ararat's Bella Westbrook
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    Olivia Beugelaar reaches for the ball
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    Dimboola's Billie Barber attempts to intercept the ball from Ararat's Kiara Davis
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    Ashlee Morrish

Reigning premier Horsham Saints sitting pretty

Reigning Wimmera Football Netball League A Grade netball premier Horsham Saints will head into a league-wide King’s Birthday weekend bye full of confidence after seeing off finals hopeful Minyip-Murtoa by 21 goals.

The Saints were clinical against the fifth-placed Burras, opening up an eight-goal lead by quarter time and extending it at every change to win 67-46 at Murtoa Recreation Reserve.

Midcourt dynamo Ash Grace provided her usual energy, while Abby Hallam and Jorja Clode were on fire in the goal ring with 27 and 38 goals, respectively.

Burra wing attack Ash Rintoule did her best to feed her own goalies, Kirby Knight and Claire McKay, but the overall discrepancy in goal attempts – the Saints took 89 shots compared to Minyip-Murtoa’s 67 – told a story.



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The win kept the Saints one win and percentage in advance of second-placed Horsham, which had a bye, and third-placed Dimboola, which beat Ararat 59-31 in front of its home crowd.

 

The Roos cruised to the finish line after leaping to a 20-goal lead at half time, with defenders Steph Glover and Bridget Dorington working hard to turn the ball over.

Stawell kept its season alive with a 52-34 win against the spirited Warrack Eagles.

The visiting Eagles trailed by only three goals at half time, but stout second-half efforts from captain Lisa Considine and Meg Walker in defence limited Warrack to only 13 goals in the second half.

The only game decided by a single-digit margin was Nhill’s entertaining 46-38 victory against Southern Mallee Thunder.

While the Tigers were able to extend the final margin to eight goals, the Thunder remained within striking distance at every change.

It was the midcourt work of Ellen Bennett and defensive efforts of Emma Hawker that made the difference for Nhill, as Thunder keeper Abby White did her best to blunt the effect of Tiger goalie Emma Beer.

Nhill sits in fourth place on the ladder, only two wins adrift of the unbeaten Saints.

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