DIRECTIONS: Horsham Saints’ Sharon Parker and Ararat’s Jesse Shalders during their Wimmera Netball Association B Grade match on Saturday. The Rats won, 45-36. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIDIMBOOLA gave highly-ranked Stawell a fright on Saturday but the Warriors edged home in their Wimmera Netball Association A Grade match by six goals.
Scores were tied at 16 at quarter time before the Warriors broke away in the second quarter and took an eight-goal lead into half time.
The Roos cut the margin to six goals at three quarter time and got to within four goals deep into the fourth term.
Stawell coach Jemma Clarkson said the Warriors were relieved to notch their sixth win of the season.
“They played well and all credit to them,” she said.
“It’s good to see teams like Dimboola push teams in the top five – it makes for a very even competition.
“We had to work on capitalising on our turnovers and when we had the ball we had to use it wisely and not throw it away.
“It was a credit to our defenders; they worked hard all game and got some vital intercepts which helped us win the game.”
The Warriors were without regular players Jessie Antonio and Tracey Dark, who were both ill, and Courtney Gerdtz again missed with an ankle injury.
Under-17 pair Ellen Williams and Lisa Fleming stepped up into the senior grade, handling themselves with aplomb.
“They did a great job. Lisa was in defence with Emma Henry and Ellen was in the mid-court,” Clarkson said.
“We hope to have them play enough A Grade games to qualify for finals.”
Dimboola coach Tahlia Williams said the Roos responded strongly after a poor showing against Nhill in round seven.
“We played our best game for the year,” she said. “We played more as a team whereas the week before we were very flat and we didn’t play well at all.
“I said to the girls after the Stawell game that it was hard to pick the best because everyone played well.”
Williams said the Roos scored ‘three or four goals in a row’ late in the final term.
“We got within four and I thought we might be a chance to get over the line but time beat us to it,” she said.
“We were let down in the second quarter when our passes weren’t great.”
Williams said Dimboola, despite having just one win to its name after eight rounds, was determined to push for a finals spot.
In other A Grade games, Ararat disposed of bottom-placed Horsham Saints by 50 goals, Warrack Eagles recorded a 23-goal win against Minyip-Murtoa and ladder leader Horsham was too good for Nhill, winning 65-22.
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