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.