Hor­sham Saints fi­nals bound

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Reign­ing pre­miers Hor­sham Saints ap­pear fi­nals bound for the third con­sec­u­tive year af­ter a tri­umphant clash against Ararat on Satur­day.

The fifth-place com­peti­tors have had their fair share of woes in the 2019 Wim­mera Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son and are still to battle a mix of teams. But a solid round 13 per­for­mance against the fourth-rung Rats has strength­ened their grip on an­other fi­nals play-off.

Saints took charge from the off­set, with best-on-court Ashlee Grace and Larnie Hobbs help­ing main­tain pace for a 61-46 win, while Rats Me­gan Shea and Krys­tal Fisher were their side’s best.

Ararat will now head into a bye. Saints, mean­while, will be look­ing to go one step fur­ther when they face third-placed War­rack Ea­gles, a team com­ing off a nail-bit­ing match against Dim­boola.

The Roos were close to seal­ing a second up­set win at the week­end, run­ning three goals ahead in the first two quarters, with Katie Magee work­ing well to keep the Ea­gles at bay.

But it was in the second half that a win started to slip away, Ea­gles Sarah Spicers in mid-court and de­fender Jessica Kelly help­ing turn the ta­bles and se­cure War­rack’s 5047 win.

While hav­ing proved their com­pet­i­tive­ness this sea­son, the Roos still have a tough task ahead when they meet Hor­sham.

The Demons were un­for­giv­ing to their Stawell op­po­nents at the week­end, more than dou­bling the eighth­place War­riors with an 84-35 win.

Demons Olivia Jones at wing and Paige Lloyd at cen­tre were voted best on court.

A round-14 fix­ture will now place Stawell against Minyip-mur­toa, which con­tin­ued its un­de­feated run in a 26-goal win over South­ern Mallee Gi­ants.

Gi­ant Amy Dodds was strong in at­tack, of­fer­ing 17 goals, but ul­ti­mately un­able to weave through Bur­ras Tay­lor Men­tha and Alex Lang. Coach Bil­lie Bibby also served the Minyip-mur­toa side well again in cen­tre.

Nhill, re­turn­ing from a bye and still yet to place a win on the board, will host the Gi­ants this week.

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