Storm and Roos set­ting the pace

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Ge­o­graph­i­cal league book­ends Jepar­i­train­bow and Har­row-bal­moral are a game clear of the field in Hor­sham Dis­trict foot­ball, six rounds into the sea­son.

As teams break for a spell for com­mu­nity cham­pi­onships this week­end, Kal­kee sits third, four points off the pace ahead of Swifts and Eden­hope-ap­s­ley, both on 16 points.

Last week Jeparit-rainbow con­sol­i­dated its solid start to the year with a 56-point win over Ru­pa­nyup, while Har­row-bal­moral had to work hard to over­come No­rad­juha-quan­tong by 33 points at Quan­tong.

Jeparit-rainbow led at every change against the Pan­thers at Rainbow, six goals in the fi­nal quar­ter cap­ping off a pro­found win.

Kurt Water­man, four-goal Ash Clugston, Jakob Cocks and Wayne Bat­son led the way for the win­ners.

Ru­pa­nyup strug­gled to find goals but Denny Mus­grove, Dan Schaper and El­liot Kelly im­pressed.

In a low-scor­ing af­fair at Quan­tong, Har­row­bal­moral gained as­cen­dency against the Bombers in the first half but found it­self in a sec­ond-half dog­fight.

Roos coach Nick Pekin led the way for the win­ners with help from play­ers such as Mick Phe­lan, Will Plush and Cam Robinson.

The Bombers were far from dis­graced with Dustin Cross, Lockie Wil­son and Jack Vague get­ting votes.

A clash be­tween Kal­kee and Na­timuk United pro­duced one of the most ex­cit­ing fin­ishes of the round, with Kal­kee clinch­ing a four-point win late in the con­test.

Kal­kee led at every change but the Rams snapped at their heels through­out and a six-goal fi­nal term al­most steered the home side across the line.

Si­mon Hobbs, three goals, and Hamish and Lachie Ex­ell were key ar­chi­tects be­hind the Kees’ vic­tory, while Jono Lovel shone for the Rams and Nathan Koenig bagged six goals.

Brent Marra and Sam An­son con­spired to keep Na­timuk United in the game.

Eden­hope-ap­s­ley con­tin­ued to turn heads, this time with a 12-point win over La­harum at La­harum.

Jack But­ler, Lachie Mid­dle­ton and Jeremy Kealy won pri­mary votes for the Saints and Dy­lan Achi­son kicked three goals.

For La­harum, which was in strik­ing dis­tance from much of the con­test, Cam Streeter, Cooper Hen­son and Hamish Roberts were best and James Ar­ratta bagged three goals.

Swifts rounded out wins across the league, se­cur­ing an 89-point vic­tory over Tay­lors Lake.

Tay­lors Lake pushed the home side in one of its most pro­duc­tive first halves for the sea­son, but watched the mar­gin blow out in the sec­ond.

Swifts play­ers such as An­drew Cameron, six goals, Zac Armer, four, and Ben Tay­lor, four, en­joyed spoils in front of the sticks.

Jake Goodes, in his farewell game af­ter 15 years play­ing for the Bag­gies, kicked three.

Alex Hill, coach Jye Smith and Trae Martin were best for the Lak­ers.

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