HORSHAM’S A Grade netballers have emulated the feat of the club’s senior football side, defeating every Wimmera league club in the opening nine rounds of the season.

The Demons are outright first on the A Grade ladder after a comprehensive 55-21 win against Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday.

Stawell, out to avenge its 2011 grand final loss, is second.

The Warriors’ only loss was to Horsham in round four.

Horsham coach Zoe Heard said the Demons would not rest on their laurels.

“We are pretty happy to be at the halfway mark on top but it doesn’t mean much and the next five weeks are tough for us,” she said.

“We play the rest of the top five in the next four weeks.

“We still have a lot to work on. Our passing hasn’t been fantastic at times and we are not consistent over four quarters.”

Heard said if Horsham was to lose a game before finals, it would only strengthen its resolve.

“I have been in undefeated teams before and have bombed out in finals,” she said.

The Demons have lost Sheridan Petering for the season and Emma Uebergang for five matches.

Both represented Wimmera at interleague level.

Petering is pregnant, while Uebergang is travelling overseas.

“It’s a good chance for others to step up and say they deserve to be in the team,” Heard said. “We’ve been practising around it. We knew they were going so it wasn’t a shock.”

Heard said Paige Lloyd, Abbey Martin and Taylor Mentha were all contributing.

“It’s amazing how well our juniors are standing up,” she said.

“Taylor is officially in A Grade taking Sheridan’s place.

“She is a fantastic netballer and so dedicated. To have her situation change mid-season and play the way she has has impressed me.

“She is one to watch in the future for sure.”

Heard said Mentha made the decision to permanently move to A Grade, leaving a her spot in the Demons’ 17 and under side.

In other round nine A Grade matches, reigning premier Warrack Eagles notched their fourth win of the season, accounting for Nhill 67-36, Stawell was too strong for fellow top five outfit Horsham RSL Diggers 50-26, and Dimboola recorded a seven-goal win against Horsham Saints.

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