Ararat derby to at­tract at­ten­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

All eyes will be on Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval in Minin­era and District Foot­ball League this week­end with com­pe­ti­tion heat­ing up and new clubs emerg­ing as teams to watch in 2018.

Great Western is top of the lad­der and will at­tract con­sid­er­able in­ter­est when it takes on Ararat Ea­gles in a district derby at Ararat.

Both teams have started 2018 with a bang, with Great Western hav­ing two wins from two games and Ararat Ea­gles com­ing close to vic­tory in their first game against Taty­oon and se­cur­ing four points against SMW Rovers last week­end.

Both teams have young and en­thu­si­as­tic lists and will be keen to se­cure an­other win.

Sam Cocks, Ben Birch-bur­ton and Steven Lorenzo will be three Li­ons the Ea­gles will have to watch. They have kicked 28 goals be­tween them in the first two games, Cocks boot­ing 14.

With these strong for­wards, along with Danny Grel­let and Ni­cholas Dun­ford, the Li­ons ap­pear set to win three in a row.

How­ever, Ararat Ea­gles af­ter the first two games are show­ing ev­ery­one they are far from the easy beats of old. With new coach­ing and new ideas, com­bined with re­turn­ing play­ers, the Ea­gles will cer­tainly go into this game full of con­fi­dence.

Tom Tau­rau was out­stand­ing for the Ea­gles in their 11-point win over SMW Rovers and with brother Jack­son, as well as Zac Jenk­ins, Naish Mcroberts and Luke Hamil­ton, are do­ing a lot of the heavy lift­ing.

The new-look Ea­gles will be ea­ger to con­tinue their mo­men­tum.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac has started its sea­son as ex­pected af­ter pre-sea­son hype with two vic­to­ries, the most re­cent com­ing against Glen­thomp­son­dunkeld to the tune of 35 points.

Will Slat­tery kicked five in the Mag­pies vic­tory, and with Ad­di­son Mil­ner, Bradley Keilar and Chris Thorn­ton pro­vid­ing plenty of skill around the ground, will be hard to beat this week­end.

Woorn­doo-mort­lake also be com­ing off a af­ter a 36-point win Moys­ton-willaura.

Jordon Buck­ley, Richard Mccormick and Luke Ken­sit were in­stru­men­tal in the Tigers’ win and will look to lead the team into bat­tle against the Mag­pies.

Last year’s pre­mier, Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum, will be search­ing for its first win of the sea­son when it hosts SMW Rovers.

Last week, de­spite the best ef­forts of Bran­don Green­wood, Jay­den Mol­loy, Todd La­mont and Michael Lock­yer, the Demons were un­able to hold up against Taty­oon.

Rovers are also com­ing off a loss and will be look­ing to get this sea­son back on track and turn to the likes of Tom Thewlis, Ben Jack­son, John Forbes and Tom Mcwil­liam to lead the way.

In other games, Cara­mut hosts Moys­ton-willaura, Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld and Taty­oon play at Dunkeld and Hawkes­dale-macarthur and Pen­shurst bat­tle at Macarthur. will high over

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