Room to move
What’s it like to shoulder the senior responsibilities for a club, town and community in Wimmera sport?
Just ask Dimboola. The Roos’ senior A Grade netballers will fly the flag for Dimboola as they bound into September finals action.
While Dimboola’s footballers have had a disappointing season, the netballers have continued to make their presence felt.
Ant Toet’s side has sneaked along on the ladder fringe between the pace-setters and alsorans and statistics show the team has experienced a season of peaks and troughs.
What this suggests is the regular September combatants are more than just making up the numbers in the finals.
Dimboola represents a danger to more fancied finalists and is sure to demand a second look and extra planning from opposition coaches.
Another glance at the season statistics reveals the Roos have few problems getting the ball through the hoop, but have been found short in areas of defence.
This means Dimboola can clearly identify an area where it needs major improvement to push beyond early finals and to perhaps threaten for a grandfinal spot or even a flag.
The fact Dimboola has statistically had issues in defence is startling considering the players holding down the back end, and clearly suggests this could change when circumstances turn up the heat in finals. Statistics tend to become irrelevant in any final showdown. If there are any players who can lift in the intensity of finals action it is surely the likes of club favourite daughters Tahlia Avery, Abbey Greig and Carly Werner.
All not only have considerable experience, but also have a passionate approach to the game and are quality players.
Just watch – they will turn it on in defence if there’s a whiff of a Dimboola victory in the air.
From a statistically positive point of view, Dimboola’s success in attack means players will have forged a degree of confidence when the team is in possession of the ball.
The Roos’ shooters Nicole Polycarpou and Billie-jo Barber have been sharing the load under the ring, providing flexibility for midcourters feeding the ball into attack.
Dimboola also has one of the best young rising talents in the game in Rhianna Kuhne. She will be running out of the pivot and will be an important player when the Roos are in possession or when the ball is in dispute. Strong and competitive, Kuhne also has enjoyed solid support from Jodie Hayes off an attacking wing and the Roos also have Lydia Schneider up their sleeve. The Roos would dearly love to go all the way through the finals and enjoy a home-court advantage come grand-final day.
They face a hefty task considering the talent they are up against, but what we’ve seen in the competition this year suggests fans can expect the unexpected.