AFTER winning its opening four matches of the season Ararat will face another difficult task against Horsham Demons in round seven in an effort to halt its two-match losing streak.
Rats coach Donna Spalding said she had been frustrated by her side’s second half performances in recent weeks.
“We’ve been able to keep with teams for a half and then I’m not sure what happens to us,” she said. “I think we have the team and the ability but it’s a matter of whether we can apply that over four quarters.”
She said her side’s defensive end continued to perform well in the Rat’s round six loss but it had faltered at in attack.
“We were held scoreless in the third quarter and I don’t think that’s ever happened in my whole life,” she said. “The games that we’ve won have been goal for goal and it has been our accuracy that has helped us over the line.”
Spalding said Kate Bligh had been a notable absence from the Rat’s midcourt during the sides two losses and she would again face a fitness test before being cleared to take on the Demons.
“She’s an experienced and calm centre who knows how to hold the ball for three seconds while waiting for the right moves and she doesn’t try to force it in,” she said. “I think our shooters just have to be confident in order to put it up. Then whoever is playing on Emma Buwalda has to deny her opportunities, because once she’s in the circle she’s a lovely shot.”