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