Na­timuk United en­joys fly­ing start

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Na­timuk United will eye off Jepar­i­train­bow in a round two-clash in Horsham District foot­ball league af­ter pro­duc­ing one of its best starts to the sea­son in many years.

The Rams, who jumped out of the box with a com­pre­hen­sive win over Ru­pa­nyup on Saturday, have back-to-back wins in an ini­tial wish list and are sched­uled to take on the Storm at Na­timuk on April 22.

A new-look Na­timuk United, led by mer­cu­rial nine-goal for­ward Nathan Koenig, jumped to al­most a five-goal lead with the aid of strong first-quar­ter wind and were then never in doubt of se­cur­ing the points.

The Rams ap­peared sharp and dan­ger­ous with new coach Sam An­son prom­i­nent, es­pe­cially through the de­fen­sive spine and others such as Alex Rids­dale, Jordan Smith and Cal­lum Cameron win­ning plenty of the ball as well as ac­co­lades.

Ru­pa­nyup was com­pet­i­tive for much of the contest but strug­gled to force the ball be­yond half for­ward.

Hugh Mcmur­trie was busy and fel­low new­comer Jack Mus­grove lived up to his goal­kick­ing rep­u­ta­tion by kick­ing five.

Others to win best-player hon­ours in­cluded Daniel Launer, Tyler May and Scott Niewand.

South-western force Har­row-bal­moral scored one of the big­gest wins of the round, belt­ing con­tem­po­rary ri­val Kal­kee by more than 20 goals.

The contest at Har­row proved a ma­jor miss­match with the home side ex­tend­ing a 28-point quar­ter-time lead to 104 by half time.

The 12-goal sec­ond term ex­panded to a 136-point rout, which had the South­ern Roos beam­ing in ex­pec­ta­tion of a round-two clash against Pimpinio and the Kees pon­der­ing their chances against Eden­hope-ap­s­ley.

Nick Pekin shone for his new club in the win, as did Sam Brewer, Hamish El­lis, Greg Hamil­ton and Luke Mer­ry­full.

For the Kees, best–player hon­ours went to Jasper Gunn and coach Hamish Ex­ell.

Siz­able vic­to­ries

Big wins were also the or­der of the day at other grounds with Eden­hope-ap­s­ley hit­ting the fi­nal siren against No­rad­juha-quan­tong 83 points ahead.

The game at Eden­hope was rel­a­tively even early be­fore the home side upped the ante and kicked away with a 10-goal sec­ond half.

All eyes were on for­ward Steve But­ler who bagged eight goals for the win­ners while Jason Rae, Bernard Kealy and Corey Wil­liams also cap­tured at­ten­tion. Ge­orge Walker also kicked five goals.

For the Bombers, Jason Kerr, Tyler Bye and James Gregg flew the flag.

No­rad­juha-quan­tong will now pre­pare for an­other en­counter, this time against South­ern Mallee Gi­ants.

The Gi­ants, reign­ing pre­miers, was part of one of the closer games of the round, beat­ing Mallee ri­val Jeparit-rain­bow by 50 points.

The Gi­ants found them­selves more than four goals in ar­rears at quar­ter time but through the likes of Leith Ste­wart, Brock Or­val, four goals, Rory Shan­non and Jack­son Fisher, pegged back the mar­gin.

Tal­ented new­comer Shane Maslin per­formed strongly in his first ap­pear­ance for the Storm and Heath and Ash Clugston were also good.

In­ten­tions

Swifts sig­naled their in­ten­tions for the sea­son with a 117-point vic­tory over Tay­lors Lake.

The Bag­gies kicked away in the sec­ond quar­ter at Dock Lake Re­serve and con­tin­ued to put the foot down through play­ers such as Jake Goodes, Zach Armer and Paul Car­son.

Armer, five goals, and Andrew Cameron, seven, were pri­mary ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the big win.

The Lak­ers were game at times and kicked four goals in the third term with Jack Mcrae, Ad­di­son Mil­ner and Matthew Mcculloch best play­ers.

La­harum opened its sea­son with a win, over­whelm­ing Pimpinio to the tune of 121 points at La­harum.

Daniel Grif­fiths kicked seven goals and Trent Wool­man five in the win while joint coaches Todd Hey­nen and Rob­bie Miller shone in the vic­tory.

The Tigers couldn’t come back from an eight­goal sec­ond-quar­ter on­slaught, although Brodie Mines, James Clifford and An­gus Gilse­nan won ac­co­lades for their ef­forts.

Pimpinio has to front up against Har­row­bal­moral and La­harum trav­els to Stawell to play Swifts in round-two ac­tion af­ter Easter.

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