Swifts start strongly
Swifts look to be the early surprise package of the 2018 Horsham District league season after enjoying a comprehensive 32-goal victory over Pimpinio at the weekend.
The Baggies have struggled in the A Grade competition for several seasons, finishing towards the tail end of the ladder, however, a new-look team appears set to challenge a few sides this year.
Former Stawell Warrior Michaela Armer led the way in Swifts’ first game for the season following a bye, shooting 29 goals in a best-on-court performance.
Coach Courtney Morrow was effective in the midcourt in wet and windy conditions, while Pimpinio was best served by defenders Shae-lea Fischer and Lauren Bowen.
Swifts will look to continue their rise on Saturday when they take on Rupanyup.
The match should be an interesting one, with the Panthers nipping at the heels of the top five for a few years.
Rupanyup will be out to get a win on the board this week following a 44goal loss to reigning premier Natimuk United.
Midcourters Alex Downes and Jenni Downer were shining lights in the loss and will need to work hard to feed goalies Blair Burke and Brianna Hyslop if their side is to get over the line.
Natimuk United will look to continue on its winning way against Edenhope-apsley.
The Saints would be buoyed by a three-goal win over an improved Kalkee, but will have their work cut out for them against the Ewes.
The Saints will give it a good go but Natimuk United’s defenders are likely to be too strong for their smaller goalies – particularly with Casey Vanstan being the Ewes’ most influential player for the past two weeks.
Rachael Elmslie and Ash Ryan shone in wing defence and centre respectively against the Kees and will face a strong and versatile midcourt on Saturday.
Kalkee will be ruing a missed opportunity against the Saints and will be out to send a message to the competition against Harrow-balmoral.
Kees midcourter Millie Mcrae battled hard in tough conditions last week while Jenna Bywaters impressed at both ends in her first game with her new club.
They will both have big roles against the Southern Roos, who are working to gel new players and a change-up of positions.
This looks to be the most evenly matched game between the sides for some time.
Kalkee defenders Clair Mcdonald and Coco Ledgar will have their hands full against strong Harrow-balmoral goalies Amy Lewis and Sara Mccuish.
The match-up between Roos defender Megan Russell and Jenna Bywaters in goals should also be a good one.
Russell was the standout in her side’s 28-goal win over Taylors Lake, which was best served by goalie Sophie Heard and midcourter-defender Ella Slorach.
The Lakers have a bye this week.
Jeparit-rainbow moved the ball well against Noradjuha-quantong last week but might struggle against the bigger bodies of Laharum, fresh off a bye.
Centre Ash Morrison and attacker Breanna Eastick both had solid games and will look to perform well against the Demons.
Midcourters Georgia Francis and Carly Creek were best in the Bombers’ 23-goal win and will be key figures against Pimpinio.
The Tigers will be looking for a consistent performance and a big scalp after falling short of Swifts, but will have to be on-song in the ring against the Bombers’ strong defensive options. Round-two results: Noradjuha-quantong d Jeparit-rainbow 46-23, Swifts d Pimpinio 57-25, Natimuk United d Rupanyup 69-25, Edenhope-apsley d Kalkee 32-29, Harrow-balmoral d Taylors Lake 55-27.