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The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals - BY DAVID JOHNS

Hor­sham is busy pre­par­ing for an­other Wim­mera Foot­ball League fi­nals cam­paign and its form lead­ing into the sea­son cli­max has been omi­nous. The Demons are build­ing con­fi­dence by es­tab­lish­ing con­sis­tent struc­tures as the sea­son has pro­gressed and will be hard to beat when it mat­ters. His­tory and sim­ple cir­cum­stance dic­tates that the Demons are al­ways un­der pres­sure to per­form well in fi­nals and in most cases they usu­ally do. What’s dif­fer­ent about Hor­sham this year is the Demons have a good bal­ance of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth, talls and smalls and strength and smarts. The Demons won’t have been dis­ap­pointed by play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to Minyip­mur­toa all year and will en­ter the fi­nals as strong con­tenders to win an­other flag. Hor­sham’s pri­mary strength is its flu­ency of ball move­ment from the back­line to deep in­side its for­ward 50. It has ball car­ri­ers aplenty, each with skills they bring to the con­test.

This Hor­sham run­ning el­e­ment is fu­elled from de­fence from the likes of Ben Lakin and Brad Har­ti­gan who link through the mid­dle of the ground with Si­mon Hobbs, who has had stel­lar year as Hor­sham’s most com­plete on-baller.

Beau Cross on a wing and bal­anced rover Jack Men­tha play key roles through the mid­dle.

Toohey Medal­list Billy Lloyd would be look­ing for­ward to the fi­nals and it is im­por­tant to note the form of enig­matic but stylish Tyler Blake has been good in lead-up games.

Hor­sham’s run probes deeply into at­tack with a for­ward line full of op­tions and, un­like the past, the Demons are far from re­ly­ing on soli­tary goal­kick­ing op­tions.

Su­per-fit fi­nals vet­eran Joel Geue still en­joys run­ning in to kick a match­turn­ing goal and as a re­sult has been the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing goal-kicker.

Then there is Ryan Kemp, a top goal-kick­ing foil for Geue, while John Wood and vet­eran Josh Mibus pro­vide strong mark­ing op­tions.

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