Rats clinch first-up win
Ararat is off to a flyer in Wimmera Netball Association after scoring a comprehensive win over Stawell in a season-opening contest on the courts at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval.
Ararat comprehensively won the A Grade clash 56-31 and will now draw up battle plans for a second-round indoor encounter with Horsham Saints on April 28.
Ararat established a five-goal margin by quarter time and further extended the lead to 11 by the main break. It then maintained the advantage as scoring opportunities opened further in the second half.
Midcourt dasher Kate Bligh featured prominently in the win, as did four-quarter defender Krystal Fisher.
Veteran Megan Shea also showed why she is set to continue to have a say in Wimmera netball, sinking 37 goals at 72 percent while swapping between shooting roles.
Others in action for the Rats were Tayla Borrelli, playing alongside Shea, Jess Williamson, sharing midcourt duties with Bligh, Monique Scott, Racquel Scott and Lauren Armstrong.
The Warriors found themselves trying to make up ground and find a winning formula with Dakota Cosson, Kasey Mornane and Jemma Clarkson sharing shooting roles and other players shifting between positions during the contest.
Others in the game for Stawell included Jade Cross, Tarnee Orr, Rachel Wood, Lisa Fleming, Ebony Summers and Tessa O’callaghan.
Stawell will have a lengthy wait for its next game, against Nhill at Central Park on May 5.