Saints, Swifts in cru­cial con­test

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAWSON

East will take on west in a mighty show­down at North Park in Stawell this Satur­day when Swifts and Eden­hope-ap­s­ley grap­ple in an im­por­tant Hor­sham District foot­ball en­counter.

Swifts are un­beaten and sit­ting third on the lad­der af­ter three rounds while eighth-placed Eden­hope-ap­s­ley needs to build on break­through suc­cess from last week­end.

Swifts con­tin­ued their solid start to the sea­son by beat­ing Ru­pa­nyup by 25 points while Eden­hope-ap­s­ley cre­ated an up­set by scor­ing a com­pre­hen­sive 32-point win over Na­timuk United.

The Eden­hope-ap­s­ley re­sult at Ap­s­ley took many watch­ers by sur­prise and it was the likes of Jak Ryan, Bart­ley Nolan and Dale Smith who led the way. Wil Mcevoy, Damian Mon­aghan and Lach­lan Mid­dle­ton also won best-player men­tions and Cam Do­maschenz kicked four goals.

At the same time, Swifts hauled in a huge quar­ter-time deficit at Ru­pa­nyup to over-run the Pan­thers.

The Bag­gies were four goals be­hind at quar­ter time, 28 points at half time and 17 points at the last change.

But six last-term goals changed what ap­peared an in­evitable out­come.

The Bag­gies listed Daniel Parkin as the pri­mary player re­spon­si­ble for the fight­back, along­side Matt Healy, Ryan Folkes and Corey Pry­d­derch.

Ru­pa­nyup, an ex­pected big im­prover this year, now needs to rekin­dle form against No­rad­juha-quan­tong at Quan­tong.

The Pan­thers would be far from happy de­spite the ef­forts of Chris Par­ris, Matt Tyler, Trent Grant and Denny Mus­grove and five-goal Camp­bell Matthews last week.

They need to win and will zero in on a No­rad­juha-quan­tong side still soak­ing up the spoils from a 126-point vic­tory over Pimpinio.

The Bombers will be flush with con­fi­dence af­ter Jack Vague con­tin­ued to lead the likes of Dustin Cross, Jack­son Bes­ford, six goals, and Se­bas­tian Relouw. Wade Fran­cis and Shane Oak­ley also kicked four goals each.

There is plenty up for grabs this week­end.

La­harum clash

Pimpinio copped it be­tween the eyes and will now need to try to push against the flow when it takes on La­harum.

Adam Dumesny, Dy­lan Baker, Dy­lan Arnott and An­gus Gilse­nan flew the Tigers’ flag last week and now con­front a La­harum side des­per­ate for a win af­ter dis­ap­point­ment against Jeparit-rain­bow.

La­harum fell to the Storm by 33 points last week, fall­ing off the pace as the game pushed into the sec­ond half.

The Demons would be happy to see Cam Streeter back in­flu­enc­ing con­tests while Cooper Hen­son, Tom Crawford and Jed Mc­conville cap­tured at­ten­tion.

But La­harum is so far win­less and needs points and per­cent­age.

At Na­timuk mean­while, district footy fans will get a bet­ter idea of where Na­timuk United sits af­ter it meets pre­mier­ship favourite Har­row-bal­moral.

The Rams kicked only eight goals last week and will need to quickly re­solve any is­sues in at­tack to chal­lenge the vis­it­ing South­ern Roos.

Rams of­fi­cials picked out Alex Rids­dale, Zach Smith and Garry Hal­lam as the team’s best last week, but there will need to be more play­ers fir­ing on Satur­day.

Har­row-bal­moral had its first ma­jor test last week, against a will­ing Kal­kee, but ul­ti­mately proved too good for its ri­val and won by 19 points.

James Staude bagged six goals as Will Plush, Har­ri­son Rees and Dal­ton Burns worked hard along­side three-goal coach Nick Pekin.

Kal­kee would have taken plenty away from the con­test and packed it away in the mem­ory banks, but for the mo­ment will need to pre­pare for a clash against Tay­lors Lake.

Joint coach Hamish Ex­ell ap­pears in early Del­lar Medal form and with Ben Lawson, three goals, Har­vey Gunn and Jay­den Kuhne, will again be up for a big game.

Tay­lors Lake had a bye last week and although in the midst of a dif­fi­cult re­build­ing phase will want to chal­lenge its op­po­nents as much as pos­si­ble.

UP WE GO: Si­mon Close flies over Daniel Launer and James Staude dur­ing a Hor­sham District foot­ball clash be­tween Har­row-bal­moral and Kal­kee at Har­row. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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