Swifts stay strong

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Swifts have con­tin­ued to stamp them­selves as a top-six prospect in the Hor­sham Dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion de­spite fall­ing short of Eden­hope-ap­s­ley at the week­end.

The teams played off in a thriller at Stawell’s North Park, with the Saints get­ting over the line by a goal.

The Bag­gies would have been dis­ap­pointed to drop their first match for the sea­son but would have been happy to know they have what it takes to chal­lenge stronger sides this year.

Michaela Armer once again had an im­pact for her new side, slot­ting 24 goals in a best-on­court show­ing.

Fel­low new­comer Heidi Sud­holz was also im­pres­sive in the mid­court and bat­tled hard all game to feed her goalies.

Swifts will face their big­gest test of the sea­son this week when they take on reign­ing premier Har­row-bal­moral.

The Bag­gies will put up a good fight but the South­ern Roos’ strength in de­fence and height at both ends of the court should help them get over the line.

De­fender Me­gan Russell and goalie Amy Lewis were best in the Roos’ loss to Na­timuk United and will play key roles again against Swifts.

The Ewes were too strong to the tune of 17 goals fol­low­ing a close first half.

De­fender Casey Vanstan con­tin­ued her stand­out sea­son while Emily Hate­ley won recog­ni­tion for her ef­forts in cen­tre.

Na­timuk United will travel to play Tay­lors Lake this week in what will be a one-sided af­fair.

The Lak­ers are com­ing off a tough loss to Kal­kee, where they were best served by de­fender Tia-ana Parker and mid­courter Jor­dan Sch­warz.

Storm to tackle Tigers

Jeparit-rain­bow will re­turn from a bye to tackle Pimpinio, which will be keen for a win af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive 36-goal de­feat at the hands of La­harum.

Ver­sa­tile play­ers Jenelle Baker and Marnie Lehmann were shin­ing lights in the loss.

Pimpinio will have height at both ends of the court and Jeparit-rain­bow’s shoot­ers will need to be ac­cu­rate to avoid Lehmann steal­ing the re­bounds.

La­harum looks set to con­tinue its win­ning streak against Ru­pa­nyup, but an im­proved Pan­thers out­fit will not lay down with­out a fight.

The fi­nal 40-27 score of Ru­pa­nyup’s loss to No­rad­juha-quan­tong last week did not re­flect the close­ness of the match.

The Pan­thers pro­duced plenty of de­fen­sive pres­sure, led by Kayla Woods, and went hard for every ball.

They will at­tempt to do the same this week, but the Demons’ strong bod­ies and height ad­van­tage will be too much for them to over­come.

No­rad­juha-quan­tong was best served by mid­courters Carly Creek and Ge­or­gia Fran­cis.

The Bombers will take on Eden­hope-ap­s­ley in what should be a good match.

Ash Ryan, the Saints’ best against Swifts, is back in Eden­hope-ap­s­ley’s mid­court fol­low­ing a stint with the Bombers and will have a key role to play.

Both teams look even across the court and who­ever converts well on the day will win. Round-four re­sults: La­harum d Pimpinio 70-24, No­rad­juha-quan­tong d Ru­pa­nyup 4027, Eden­hope-ap­s­ley d Swifts 45-44, Na­timuk United d Har­row-bal­moral 61-44, Kal­kee d Tay­lors Lake 72-17.

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