Teams march to­wards post-sea­son

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham’s omi­nous march to­wards Wim­mera Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals con­tin­ued with a thrash­ing of Nhill at the week­end but Minyip-mur­toa re­mains atop the lad­der with two games to play.

The Demons were in top form against the Tigers, nearly hold­ing their op­po­nents to sin­gle fig­ures for the game.

Emma Buwalda and Romi Miller com­bined for 75 goals – Buwalda pro­vid­ing 58 of them in an­other out­stand­ing dis­play – while Ge­or­gia His­cock pro­vided smoth­er­ing cov­er­age of sev­eral Nhill op­po­nents at goal de­fence.

Lau­ren Tink was the only Tiger to make much of an im­pact, spend­ing time at both wing po­si­tions.

The game boosted the Demons’ as­so­ci­a­tion-best per­cent­age to 177.76, but Hor­sham still trails top side Minyip-mur­toa by one game.

The Bur­ras took care of busi­ness against War­rack Ea­gles on Satur­day, get­ting go­ing after lead­ing by just a goal at half time to win 47-37 at home.

Big games from Kirby Knight in at­tack and Tay­lor Men­tha in de­fence were the cat­a­lyst for the win, which put a big dent in the Ea­gles’ hopes of a top three fin­ish.

The Ea­gles, who were led by co-coach Sarah Spicer at cen­tre and young goal shooter Molly Ste­wart, have a bye this week­end but must de­feat Hor­sham in the fi­nal round of the sea­son to have any chance of over­tak­ing third-placed Ararat.

The Rats played a home game against Stawell at the week­end, outscor­ing their op­po­nents after a neck-and-neck first quar­ter to win 47-31.

Monique Scott played a key role for the Rats at wing de­fence, while wing at­tack Tayla Borelli also shone.

Krys­tal Fisher and Ma­son Tay­lor helped nul­lify War­rior Ebony Sum­mers, with Ma­son also mov­ing for­ward to goal shooter in the sec­ond half and record­ing 17 goals.

The fi­nal game of the round saw Dim­boola host­ing South­ern Mallee Gi­ants.

While both sides have been com­pet­i­tive this sea­son, nei­ther is ul­ti­mately fi­nals-bound.

The Roos pulled away after a close first half to win 67-59, with goalies Billie-jo Bar­ber, 27 goals, and Ni­cole Poly­car­pou, 40, lead­ing the way.

Steph Thomson, 29 goals, and Kiana Marsh­man, 30, did their best to keep the Gi­ants in touch at the other end of the court.

Hor­sham Saints look likely to be the wild­card in the pack once again this sea­son after com­ing from fifth to win the past two pre­mier­ships.

The Saints will re­turn from a bye to take on the Gi­ants this week, and could fin­ish as high as third if re­sults go their way in the fi­nal two rounds.

Ararat’s bat­tle to hold onto third spot starts at Hor­sham City Oval on Satur­day in what will be a tough match-up for the Rats.

Minyip-mur­toa will be at home against Nhill, while Stawell will take on Dim­boola in a game be­tween teams elim­i­nated from fi­nals con­tention.

LEADER: Ararat wing at­tack Tayla Borelli shone in her side’s 47-31 against Stawell. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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