Storm’s fairytale continues
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