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28 April 2021
One of the most enduring rivalries in western Victorian netball will enter another chapter on Saturday when Ararat plays Horsham in Wimmera league action in Ararat.
Ararat leaders would have been delighted with a thrilling 39-36 win over Minyip-Murtoa last week, but will find the Demons hard to beat.
The Rats have interception specialists Monique and Racquel Scott reading the play well and will need to be on song to capitalise on limited opportunities against the visitors.
Horsham’s Emma Buwalda shot 44 of 59 goals in a 28-goal Anzac Day win over Horsham Saints and would be confident under the ring with rebounding shooter Paula Weidermann.
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Horsham appears too tall for Ararat defenders despite the best efforts of Rebecca Skrabl.
Some of the best on-court battles will be between Ararat goalies Tayla Borrelli and Delaney McLoughlan against tough defenders Georgia Hiscock and Marnie Lehmann.
A game between Warrack Eagles and Stawell at Stawell should unfold into a great contest if starting positions are similar to last week.
The Giants beat the Eagles 44-31 and a clash between the Warriors’ Jemma Clarkson and Sarah Spicer in the centre will be a key match-up. Both players have speed, skill and experience and will also be determined to lead by example.
Stawell’s Ebony Summers is relishing her goal-attack role, having extra space to run, and is combining well with Zanaiya Bergen.
The Eagles have height in their attacking end and Megan Werner’s experience will guide whichever young goaler gets the nod out of Briodi McKenzie or Molly Stewart.
It will be up to Stawell coach Courtney McIlvride to limit Emma Koschitzke’s dominance around the circle, while juniors Madi Taylor and Molly Orr, making the most of their court time, are developing their games and have nothing to lose.
Southern Mallee Giants meet Minyip-Murtoa at Beulah and with the Giants coming out of the blocks firing might be just too strong.
Jodie Hayes shone for the Giants last week and should control the centre.
Up one end Steph Thomson is always strong under the attacking ring for the Giants but will have a good contest with Burras defender Ellie McGrath. At the other end, the battle between Minyip-Murtoa’s Maddi Morgan and Brylee Schache could ultimately sway the result.
Youngster Molly Fagan played a solid game in goals last week to get in the Burras’ best and the Giants can ill-afford to estimate her influence.
Nhill and Dimboola pull on the bibs at Nhill’s Davis Park with Nhill suffering two big losses and Dimboola coming off a bye and still a relative unknown.
Nhill will know Dimboola defender Olivia Jorgensen will be hard to shoot over and that Billie-Jo Barber and Nicole Polycarpou are an experienced combination in goals.
This means Tigers Maddi Peterkin and Sydney Thorogood will again have their work cut out for them as the action unfolds.
This Sunday, Wimmera netball 17 and under, 15 and under and 13 and under junior teams will represent the league at a Bendigo tournament.
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