Rats clinch first-up win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports -

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.

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