SOARING: Minyip-Murtoa’s Clint Midgely fl ies over a pack to take a spectacular mark at Minyip in Wimmera Football League action on Saturday. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI REACH: Horsham RSL Diggers’ Bradley Webster tries to pull in the ball despite pressure from Minyip-Murtoa’s Joshua Murphy.
Nanjing Night Net

A DEPLETED Dimboola shook off a courageous Nhill side at Davis Park on Saturday.

The fourth-placed Roos travelled to Nhill without starting midfielders Clancey Bennett, Hamish Exell, Nigel Sibson and Chris Coulthurst and gun forward Peter MacFarlane.

But despite playing without their engine room, Dimboola was a red hot favourite after the Tigers went down to the struggling RSL Diggers by a point in their previous match.

From the first bounce a determined Nhill set to work.

The smaller and younger Tigers went in hard with Jake Pilgrim and Jayden Fischer regularly putting their small frames in their way of seasoned Roos to win contests.

For the first half, Dimboola let the ball float its way while Nhill’s midfielders burrowed into packs to find it.

But despite the Tigers’ endeavour, Dimboola had a three-goal buffer at half-time.

In the second half Dimboola broke off the shackles and showed why it is a finals contender.

Lachie Exell kicked eight goals with limited fuss, winning one-on-one contests at the last possible moment leaving his opponents regularly baffled.

Roo hard man Ryan Bell delighted the away crowd, unloading from 60 metres to dribble through a miraculous goal.

Dimboola midfielder Allistair McKinnon rediscovered his crash and bash style, while Simon Nuske attacked the ball head-first, stepping up to on-ball duties.

Roos coach Gary Davidson praised Nhill’s desperation.

“In the first half they went after the ball where as our players waited for it to come to us,” he said.

Nhill coach Simon Brearley was proud of his team’s endeavour.

“We knew Dimboola was missing their best midfielders so we thought our speed and attack might shake them,” he said.

“Unfortunately they were too big.

“Roos like Jackson O’Neill are hard to stop once they’re in motion.”

In other matches, Minyip-Murtoa defeated Horsham RSL Diggers 157-37, Horsham had a convincing win over Horsham Saints 171-37 and Warrack Eagles had a comfortable win over Ararat 129-77.

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