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Minyip-Murtoa triumph over Ararat

Daniel Mendes tackles Nick Kelson, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes tackles Nick Kelson, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

By Colin MacGillivray
Minyip-Murtoa coach John Delahunty will not let his side get complacent in the second half of the season after it assumed the mantle of outright Wimmera league premiership favouritism with a win against Ararat.
In a showdown pitting first against second on the ladder at Murtoa, the Burras’ pressure was too strong in a 10.13 (73) to 5.8 (38) triumph.
Despite playing in near-perfect conditions, the Rats were unable to establish any outside run thanks to the physical pressure of the home side.
With Burra Brad Inglis presenting strongly at half forward and Brayden Ison looking threatening deep, Ararat did well to repel many early inside 50s through Dylan Shelley and Jacob Bates.
Only a point separated the teams at quarter time, but the turnovers created by the Burras started to have an effect in the second as Ison goaled twice from long kicks to the goal square.
Forward-midfielder Jack Ganley kicked a long goal to keep the Rats in touch, but was kept relatively quiet for most of the day by Jack Boschen.
Minyip-Murtoa brothers Tim and Ben McIntyre got better as the day wore on and coach John Delahunty was supreme at half back, cutting off plenty of errant Ararat kicks.
Nick Mendes was a standout for Ararat, playing well through the midfield and kicking two goals, while forward Tom Mills kept applying himself despite a quiet day with only one goal.
Delahunty described the win as ‘a good team effort across the board’ and said his charges had played one of their best games of the season.
With the Burras undefeated after half the season, he said they would need to avoid complacency.
“It’s nice that we’ve proven we can beat everyone, but we’ve got Horsham Saints next week, who really pushed us here in the first round,” he said.
“Hopefully we can refocus because that’ll be the challenge – we might think, ‘oh, because we’ve beaten this team we should be right to do it again’, but it’s definitely not the case; it’s a really even comp and we just got on the right end of the ledger each time.
“Last week we probably weren’t 100 percent on and Nhill pushed us to three quarter time.
“It shows we need to make sure we’re always switched on.”
Ararat coach Shane Fisher said the Burras had proven themselves the side to beat and that there were plenty of lessons for the Rats to learn from the defeat.
“We learned a hell of a lot,” he said. “We’ll work on a few things we picked up on and we’ll continue each week to get better.
“If we’re going to switch we’ve got to do it quicker and switch from one side fully to the other side rather than just a chip backwards or inboards – it doesn’t really get you anywhere.
“At stoppages we run and handpass to each other and get through it, and we didn’t do that today; we got a big stagnant.”
In other results at the weekend Horsham steadied the ship with a 13.10 (88) to 10.10 (70) win against Warrack Eagles.
Horsham defender Ben Lakin excelled and was, along with big man Jordyn Burke, one of the Demons’ best.
The Eagles started strongly but could only muster 10 goals for the rest of the game after leading by 26 points at quarter time.
Jake and Nick Peters led the team, which will face off against Ararat on Saturday.
Stawell moved up to third place on the ladder by defeating Nhill 16.13 (109) to 6.5 (41), with Jack Walker dominating and Cody Driscoll finishing with six goals.
Matthew McCallum and Toby Case were Nhill’s best.
The Tigers will now face Dimboola, while the Warriors will take on Southern Mallee Giants.
Dimboola stuck with Horsham Saints in the first half of their clash at Coughlin Park before tailing off to lose 11.13 (79) to 8.7 (55).
Coach Luke Fisher led the way with three goals for the Saints, who remain within striking distance of a finals berth.
Dimboola was also led by three goals from its coach Justin Beugelaar.

Cooper Heard, Ararat, flies for a mark, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Cooper Heard, Ararat, flies for a mark, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Cooper Heard, Ararat, flies for a mark, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Cooper Heard, Ararat, flies for a mark, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Jack Ganley, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Jack Ganley, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tom Mills gets taken high by Luke Chamberlain, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tom Mills gets taken high by Luke Chamberlain, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tom Mills flies for a mark in front of Luke Chamberlain, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tom Mills flies for a mark in front of Luke Chamberlain, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Daniel Mendes, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Jordan Delahunty tackles Nick Mendes, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Jordan Delahunty tackles Nick Mendes, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tim McIntyre, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Tim McIntyre, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Grady Slocombe, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Grady Slocombe, Ararat, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Brayden Ison, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Brayden Ison, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Adam Schache gets a lift from Cooper Heard, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Adam Schache gets a lift from Cooper Heard, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Adam Schache, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

Adam Schache, Minyip-Murtoa vs Ararat.

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