Dan­ger signs for Rams

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Na­timuk United is start­ing to ap­pear more than slightly vul­ner­a­ble in a chas­ing mid­field bunch in Hor­sham District foot­ball – and things are go­ing to get worse.

The Rams, sit­ting sixth on the lad­der, let a golden op­por­tu­nity slip against Swifts last week and back-to-back fail­ures is far from the form the team needs go­ing into a clash against South­ern Mallee Giants.

The fol­low­ing week, the Rams must then line up against another com­pe­ti­tion leader in Har­row-bal­moral be­fore likely respite against Tay­lors Lake.

Na­timuk United is sit­ting on a 4-4 win­loss record this sea­son, trail­ing La­harum on the lad­der by a game and sit­ting marginally ahead of Eden­hope-as­p­ley and Kal­kee by per­cent­age.

It doesn’t end there. In­jury con­cerns are also likely to play a part with Adam Coutts suf­fer­ing a bro­ken leg last game.

Jor­dan Smith, Alex Rids­dale and coach Sam An­son were in good form last week and Nathan Koenig bagged four goals.

But it wasn’t enough to pre­vent a five­point loss af­ter the team had led Swifts at ev­ery change.

At the same time, South­ern Mallee Giants can­tered to a 121-point win over Ru­pa­nyup, Kain Robins kick­ing seven to take his sea­son tally to 61 from eight games at an av­er­age of 7.6.

Sam White and Haydn Drew also kicked eight goals be­tween them while Cole­man Schache en­joyed a day out.

The chances of Na­timuk United up­set­ting the Giants are nil and none, al­though the home side will put up a spir­ited ef­fort for some of the con­test.

Swifts, fresh from beat­ing the Rams, should also avoid get­ting too ex­cited be­cause they take on Har­row-bal­moral.

Nar­row come-from-be­hind vic­to­ries can pro­vide con­sid­er­able oomph for a team but it won’t be enough to up­set a well-rested and slick South­ern Roos out­fit. Ben Taylor won the nod as best for Swifts last week while An­drew Cameron kicked five goals and oth­ers in­clud­ing Adrian Reid and Jake Goodes had good games.

Kal­kee is one side that can make ground up the lad­der, if it can beat No­rad­juha-quan­tong at Kal­kee. The Kees had to be con­tent with sec­ond best in a close game against La­harum.

Hamish Ex­ell again led the Kees’ charge, along­side Jasper Gunn, four goals, Blair Thomas and Jace Mon­aghan.

Steve Schultz kicked another four goals, tak­ing his tally in the past three games to 16.

La­harum is also likely to im­prove its po­si­tion af­ter its win against Kal­kee by prov­ing too good for Ru­pa­nyup.

Last week the Demons had Rob­bie Miller back in the thick of it and fel­low leader Todd Hey­nen and An­gus Martin and Tom Craw­ford do­ing well.

Ru­pa­nyup did well to re­spond to an eight-goal ham­mer­ing in the open­ing term against the Giants last week, with Hugh Mcmur­trie, Trent Grant, Jack Mus­grove and Dan Launer fea­tur­ing.

In other games, Jeparit-rain­bow will be far too good for a Tay­lors Lake side still cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory over Pimpinio and Eden­hope-ap­s­ley will prove too good for Pimpinio.

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

TOO HIGH UMPY: Tay­lors Lake coach Jye Smith col­lects Pimpinio’s Todd O’con­nor dur­ing fierce Hor­sham District league ac­tion at Pimpinio.

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