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Minyip-Murtoa and Horsham Demons dominant forces in Wimmera netball

TOUGH TASK: Ararat keepers Taylor Mason and Racquel Scott work hard to prevent Minyip-Murtoa shooters Georgia McLennan and Kirby Knight from getting the ball. Knight surpassed 50 goals for the second straight week and third time this season. The Burras won the match 65-42. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TOUGH TASK: Ararat keepers Taylor Mason and Racquel Scott work hard to prevent Minyip-Murtoa shooters Georgia McLennan and Kirby Knight from getting the ball. Knight surpassed 50 goals for the second straight week and third time this season. The Burras won the match 65-42. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By Colin MacGillivray
Minyip-Murtoa and Horsham confirmed themselves as the class of the Wimmera Netball Association with dominant wins against top-five opponents at the weekend.
The Burras have now defeated every team in the league after dispatching Ararat in round nine, while the Demons sit second after a clinical display against Warrack Eagles.
Minyip-Murtoa made short work of Ararat after a relatively tight first quarter with an excellent display of teamwork and passing.
Kirby Knight surpassed 50 goals for the second straight week and third time this season, using her size to outpoint a series of Ararat opponents including Taylor Mason, Racquel Scott and Caitlin Mason.
Knight was the beneficiary of some excellent passes from goal attack Georgia McLennan and players rotating through centre and wing attack such as coach Billie Bibby, Hayley Campbell and Sheridan Petering.

Hayley Campbell and Jess Williamson collide. Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Minyip-Murtoa’s Hayley Campbell and Ararat centre Jess Williamson collide in Wimmera Netball Association A Grade action at Murtoa on Saturday. Minyip-Murtoa won the match 65-42 to keep its unbeaten run alive. The Burras have now beaten every side in the league and take on reigning premier Horsham Saints on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Delaney McLoughlan made the most of her opportunities for Ararat with 31 goals, but the game was played largely on the Burras’ terms.
A 52-35 win to Horsham was set up by the strong play of Georgia Hiscock, who matched up on Eagles goal attack Briodi McKenzie in the first half before switching to centre in the third quarter.
The Demons tinkered with their line-up all day, with 10 players seeing court time, but still managed to win every quarter.
Goal keeper Jenna Schulz was resolute for the Eagles and kept the margin from blowing out too far.
Horsham Saints earned a win in the only close match of the round by beating Dimboola 50-46 at Dimboola.
The Roos started out on the wrong foot in search of their third win of the season and trailed by five goals at quarter time before cutting the margin back to three by half time.
The game stayed close for the rest of the afternoon, but the Saints were always able to keep their noses in front, led by a big effort from Larnie Hobbs on Dimboola goal shooter Nicole Polycarpou.
Billie-Joe Barber was Dimboola’s best at goal attack, scoring 17 goals and passing several others off to Polycarpou.
Stawell got its first victory of the season by inflicting a 36-goal loss on Nhill at Central Park.
The Warriors have been off the pace for most of the season but put together a complete four-quarter performance that should please coaches Tracey Dark and Toni Stewart, winning 62-26 behind 35 goals from Ebony Summers and excellent defensive work from Lisa Flemming.
The Tigers remain winless after having played every team, despite Georgia Sealey’s great effort playing at centre at the weekend.
With nine rounds still to be played, the Burras will continue their pursuit of an undefeated season with a tough match against reigning premier Horsham Saints on Saturday.
The Saints have started the season unconvincingly but still have the third best percentage in the association and can never be discounted.
Stawell will ride the momentum of its first win of the season in another home game, this time against Southern Mallee Giants, who are coming off a bye.
Dimboola will have a chance to atone for its narrow loss to Horsham Saints when it hosts Nhill, and Ararat will travel to Warracknabeal’s Anzac Park to take on the Eagles.

Tayla Borrelli, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tayla Borrelli, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Delaney McLoughlin shoots for goal. Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Delaney McLoughlin shoots for goal. Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ararat's Kate Bligh in front of Alex Lang, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ararat’s Kate Bligh in front of Alex Lang, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Kirby Knight, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Kirby Knight, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ddelaney McLoughlan takes a shot. Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ddelaney McLoughlan takes a shot. Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Taylor Mason keeps Kirby Knight under check, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Taylor Mason keeps Kirby Knight under check, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ararat's Jess Williamson, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Ararat’s Jess Williamson, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

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