Giants look­ing for a sec­ond win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

South­ern Mallee Giants will look for a sec­ond vic­tory in as many weeks when they front up against Hor­sham Saints on Satur­day.

The Giants en­joyed their first win since join­ing Wim­mera Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion at the start of the sea­son in a close en­counter with Stawell.

For­mer Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­baller Janelle Law­son has proved to be a more-thanhandy pick-up for the Giants. She slot­ted 55 goals in a best-on-court per­for­mance dur­ing her side’s seven-goal win over the War­riors, 66-59.

Stawell led through­out the first half, tak­ing a nine-goal lead into half time.

The Giants made a few changes in the mid­court, which helped the side claw back the deficit and take a two-goal lead into the fi­nal break.

Law­son’s shoot­ing part­ner Codie Ma­ree Robins also im­pressed, while mid­courters Tarnee Orr and Jade Cross bat­tled hard for Stawell.

The War­riors are in for a tough week, with a match against lad­der leader War­rack Ea­gles pen­cilled in.

The Giants will look to con­tinue their good form against the Saints, who fell just short of Dim­boola in the clos­est match of the round.

The Roos got the jump in the first quar­ter, lead­ing 21-14 at the first break.

The Saints kept battling for the next three quar­ters to try to make up the deficit but were un­able to get over the line, go­ing down by two goals.

The Saints were short two goalies in Mag­gie Caris and Lavinia Fox, but Abby Hal­lam has been ac­quit­ting her­self well at her new club.

She shot 40 goals to be named best, along­side fel­low shooter Tara Jasper, who fin­ished with 18.

The Roos – who were also best served by goalies in Ni­cole Poly­car­pou, 39, and Bil­lie Bar­ber, 21 – would have been thrilled to chalk up their sec­ond win for the sea­son, against the reign­ing pre­miers, no less.

Dim­boola will meet a Nhill out­fit com­ing off a tough 33-goal loss to Hor­sham. Both will con­sider this en­counter a winnable one.

The un­der­manned Tigers pushed Hor­sham more than the score­board sug­gested. Gor­gia Sealey was solid through the cen­tre, while Sarah Dickinson and Britt Keller put in strong per­for­mances at ei­ther end.

Buwalda key

Nhill will look for another strong per­for­mance against Dim­boola at home this week and will hope to claim the four points.

Emma Buwalda, 55 goals, con­tin­ues to be the dif­fer­ence for the De­mons each week, while Tay­lor Men­tha slot­ted into the side with ease be­cause of in­juries and helped in­crease the in­ten­sity in the de­fen­sive end.

The De­mons are still strug­gling with in­juries and will this week take on an im­prov­ing Ararat out­fit.

Hor­sham will again call on its young play­ers to step up against a quick, strong Rats side and its de­fend­ers will need to be at their best to stop the Ararat at­tack­ers.

The Rats will look to cap­i­talise on any weak­nesses on their way to an up­set win.

Minyip-mur­toa de­fend­ers Stef Cooper and Paula Wie­der­mann were in­stru­men­tal in their side’s win over Ararat last week.

The Rats started well, shoot­ing the first three goals, be­fore the Bur­ras started to set­tle in, cap­i­tal­is­ing on any op­por­tu­ni­ties that came their way.

Ararat cer­tainly had chances to take it up to the Bur­ras, how­ever a score­less third quar­ter gave Minyip-mur­toa the added con­fi­dence it needed to run away with a 22-goal win.

Rats de­fend­ers Re­becca Skrabl and Krys­tal Fisher worked hard in the cir­cle, forc­ing out many balls and claim­ing sev­eral in­ter­cepts.

Young Monique Scott played her best game for the sea­son at wing de­fence.

The Rats will need to put in a good ef­fort on the track to be com­pet­i­tive against the De­mons.

Minyip-mur­toa has a bye this week. Round-six re­sults: Minyip-mur­toa d Ararat 44-22, Hor­sham d Nhill 66-33, South­ern Mallee Giants d Stawell 66-59, Dim­boola d Hor­sham Saints 60-58.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.