Storm’s fairy­tale con­tin­ues

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Jeparit-rain­bow will hope to con­tinue its fairy­tale start to the Hor­sham District foot­ball sea­son when it takes on Ru­pa­nyup on Sat­ur­day.

The Storm has scored four wins from four games and sits atop the lad­der, but the jury is still out on whether it is a se­ri­ous chal­lenger to flag favourite Har­row-bal­moral.

Jeparit-rain­bow skipped away to a com­pre­hen­sive win against strug­gling Pimpinio last week, the suc­cess adding to wins against La­harum, No­rad­juha-quan­tong and Tay­lors Lake.

Another win at Rain­bow to­mor­row would go a long way to set­ting the north­ern out­fit up for crit­i­cal games against Eden­hope-ap­s­ley and then Har­row-bal­moral.

Last week, in a one-sided af­fair against the Tigers, Shane Maslin bagged five goals in a best-on-ground per­for­mance and Ash Clugston kicked four. Ja­cob Cocks, Luke Mur­phy, Peter Weir and Luke Werner also at­tracted votes.

This week the Storm is up against the Pan­thers, who can’t seem to win a trick this sea­son.

Ru­pa­nyup has lost its past four games in a row af­ter a solid start and couldn’t in­flict enough dam­age on the score­board in the fi­nal quar­ter last week to over-run La­harum.

The Pan­thers would have been frus­trated con­sid­er­ing good games from El­liot Kelly, Denny Mus­grove and Daniel Schaper and four goals to coach Jack Mus­grove.

An up­set against the Storm might be just the tonic the Pan­thers need to reignite their sea­son.

This week­end’s ac­tion will also in­clude top games at La­harum and Na­timuk.

La­harum, sit­ting sixth, takes on Eden­hope-ap­s­ley, sev­enth, while fourth­placed Na­timuk United meets third team Kal­kee.

La­harum held off Ru­pa­nyup last week, with Cam Streeter, Cooper Hen­son and Daniel Grif­fiths win­ning best-player hon­ours and Tom Craw­ford bag­ging five goals.

Eden­hope-ap­s­ley, mean­while, came from be­hind to over­take No­rad­juhaquan­tong, Cam Do­maschenz, Bart­ley Nolan and Sam Mcclure lead­ing the way in a spir­ited ef­fort.

Kal­kee had a spell with a bye but Na­timuk United ac­cu­mu­lated 44 scor­ing shots in eclips­ing Tay­lors Lake.

Goals flowed for the Rams with Kyal Mur­ray bag­ging eight and Nathan Koenig, five, a spec­tac­u­lar Koenig high mark a high­light of the con­test.

Jake Ru­dolph, Alex Dwyer and Craig Brit­ten also saw plenty of the ball.

Tay­lors Lake kicked 3.13, Matt Mcculloch, Oliver Timms and Alex Hill the key vote win­ners in a busy day and will now set sights on tak­ing on Swifts.

Swifts, with handy goal-kick­ing op­tions in Da­mon Folkes, five, and Zach Armer, four, showed plenty against Har­row-bal­moral last week, stick­ing with the South­ern Roos for most of the day.

Corey Pry­d­derch and Matt Healy were others to im­press.

Har­row-bal­moral, in win­ning a dan­ger game, now fronts up against No­rad­juha-quan­tong at Quan­tong.

James Staude, Scott Heath, Michael Phe­lan and Will Plush had eye-catch­ing games for the Roos last week and are among play­ers with the job of main­tain­ing bench­mark form.

No­rad­juha-quan­tong won’t want a re­peat of last week when it gave up a half-time lead against Eden­hopeAp­s­ley and will try to find a fourquar­ter ef­fort to push the Roos.

Bombers show­ing good signs last week in­cluded Evan Dor­ring­ton, James Hal­lett, Cam Bruce and Jack Vague.

IN FORM: Na­timuk United’s Kyal Mur­ray swings onto his left boot dur­ing a Hor­sham District foot­ball clash against Tay­lors Lake. Mur­ray kicked eight goals dur­ing the game. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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