Room to move

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals - BY COURT­NEY CLOUGH

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.

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