Dan­ger game for Ewes

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Sec­ond-placed Na­timuk United needs to beat No­rad­juha-quan­tong on Satur­day to re­tain sec­ond spot on the Hor­sham District Foot­ball Net­ball League A Grade lad­der.

The Ewes fell short of lad­der leader La­harum last week but the mar­gin would have been in­flu­enced by the ab­sence of reg­u­lar goalie Shannon Couch, whose height makes life dif­fi­cult for the best of de­fend­ers.

The Bombers will look to cap­i­talise on her un­avail­abil­ity this week to claim a top-two scalp ahead of a clash against La­harum.

The Ewes will still be strong, par­tic­u­larly de­fen­sively, and the Bombers will rely on young Lucy Brand to con­tinue her form in goals. Brand and de­fender Brooke Pay were the Bombers’ best in the side’s win over Tay­lors Lake at the weekend, while mid­courters Emily Hate­ley and Ch­eryl Sud­holz led the way for the Ewes.

This week’s mid­court battle will be worth watch­ing and sup­ply to goals will be vi­tal.

Third placed Har­row-bal­moral went down to South­ern Mallee Giants by one goal in a thriller last week but will be too strong for Ru­pa­nyup on Satur­day. The South­ern Roos have a higher per­cent­age than Na­timuk United and will be keen to jump the Ewes on the lad­der to se­cure a dou­ble chance ahead of fi­nals.

Both teams are ex­pected to win against low­er­ranked teams the fol­low­ing week.

La­harum has ce­mented top spot, while No­rad­juha-quan­tong and the Giants will play fi­nals – most likely against each other – re­gard­less of the re­sults of their next two games.

Eden­hope-ap­s­ley has done enough to fin­ish sixth de­spite mixed form, but would want to field a stronger team to de­feat a build­ing Swifts to ce­ment its spot.

Kal­kee is out of fi­nals con­tention af­ter los­ing to Ru­pa­nyup at the weekend. The Pan­thers are mak­ing a late charge but need to up­set Har­row­bal­moral and rely on the Saints to lose.

In other round-15 matches, La­harum will beat Jeparit-rain­bow com­fort­ably, Pimpinio and Kal­kee will en­joy a shootout for brag­ging rights and South­ern Mallee Giants will en­joy a per­cent­age-boost­ing win over Tay­lors Lake. Round-14 re­sults: Eden­hope-ap­s­ley d Jepar­i­train­bow 43-22, La­harum d Na­timuk United 55-27, Ru­pa­nyup d Kal­kee 37-32, Pimpinio d Swifts 58-43, South­ern Mallee Giants d Har­row­bal­moral 49-48, No­rad­juha-quan­tong d Tay­lors Lake 54-21.

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