Hor­sham stum­bles

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham District foot­ball in­ter­league lead­ers will ven­ture back to the white­board next year af­ter ef­forts to con­tinue climb­ing up AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­onship rank­ings stalled in Bal­larat.

Hor­sham District slipped to 29th on the statewide league ta­ble of 32, fall­ing 60 points short of a de­ter­mined and slick Ellinbank and District.

Ellinbank hit Hor­sham hard in the open­ing term, es­tab­lish­ing a five-goal lead by quar­ter time and main­tain­ing con­trol of the con­test for the rest of the game.

Hor­sham coach Nick Pekin said Ellinbank made the most of its op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of goal and was sim­ply too good on the day.

“They didn’t put a foot wrong. In the end they were too silky for us with their skills and de­ci­sion-mak­ing,” he said.

“They smacked us out of mid­dle and we were chas­ing tails from the first quar­ter.”

Pekin said Hor­sham play­ers could hold their heads high de­spite the dis­ap­point­ment. “It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. Only three on the list had played in­ter­league be­fore and they can only learn and ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“They have now had a taste for this type of footy and hope­fully they keep striv­ing for it. I would en­cour­age them to con­tinue to put up their hands.

“We had some good play­ers. An­gus Martin played well and Nathan Koenig did par­tic­u­larly well across half for­ward. Ben Tay­lor and Cam Bruce also had solid games. And Ja­cob Cox from Jeparit-rain­bow – just shy of his 17th birth­day – played for the league on a wing. He was quite im­pres­sive and held his own.”

For Ellinbank, Tom Wyatt kicked four goals and ruck­man Matt Gray, who had pre­vi­ously played Vic Coun­try with Pekin, also starred.

Pekin said he hoped most of the in­ter­league group, which in­cluded Gareth Hose, Guy Smith and Tim Inkster as bench coaches, stuck to­gether for next year.

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Kal­kee’s Si­mon Hobbs gets a clear­ing hand­ball out of heavy traf­fic while rep­re­sent­ing Hor­sham District league in Bal­larat. Pic­ture: BRETT POLANSKE

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