The season is heating up in the Wimmera Football Netball League with exciting results across round four.
The Warrack Eagles ended Horsham's unbeaten run with a close four-point victory at home, ensuring they head off to Ararat next week with some momentum.
Ararat and Dimboola played out a tense match in the rain in Dimboola, with the home side coming away with a narrow win.
Meanwhile, the Southern Mallee Giants continued its strong run of form, comfortably defeating Stawell by 17 points in a wet encounter at Central Park.
According to coaches Shannon Cross and Ash Grace, the Saints are hitting their strides after a decisive win over the Nhill Tigers.
"We fought strongly all four quarters, we didn't drop our heads and we put together four solid quarters," Cross said.
"We had good defensive pressure, and our attack worked really well together," Grace added.
In the first quarter, the game was neck and neck, the Saints going into the first break just four points up.
It wasn't until the second quarter that the Saints took control of the match, shooting 18 goals to 6 to go into the main break 16-point leaders.
Nhill wrestled back in a tense third term, scoring 8 points to the Saints' 13, but the Saints lead was too great, and they came away 28 point winners.
Abby Hallam was the star for the victors, scoring 37 goals from 48 attempts for the Saints, while Jessica Farrow netted 16 from 21.
The coaches singled out goalkeeper Kiana Marshman's performance as one of the team's best.
"Our combinations are starting to work really well. Abby [Hallam] and Jess Farrow also combined well together in goals," Cross said.
"It's coming together now, it took a little while at the start, just because some of us have played together for a long time and now we've got a few new ones in," Grace concurred.
It was the visitors who controlled the game early, taking a 14-8 after the first quarter; Paula Wiedermann netted 11 goals.
However, a 13-4 second quarter put the Eagles in the lead, and eventually held on to win 40-36.
McKenzie and Werner both scored 20 for the winners, while finished with 17. Super sub Jedda Heard scored 14 for the Demons in the second half.
The Giants' trip home was a sweet one after winning all four quarters against the Warriors.
Goal shooter Steph Thomson gave the visitors the lead after a 12-goal first quarter, finishing the game with 32.
She was aptly supported by Zali Brown, who converted 27 shots, including an 11-goal third quarter.
Jodie Hayes was named best on court for the Giants for her four-quarter performance at centre.
Finally, Dimboola won a see-sawing game against the Rats, helped by an eight-goal final term from defender-turned-shooter Olivia Jorgensen.
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