Pies hard to beat

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Can any­one beat Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac in Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League this year?

That seems to be a burn­ing ques­tion as teams en­ter round nine of the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

There seems lit­tle doubt the Mag­pies’ win­ning run will con­tinue against bot­tom side Cara­mut this week­end and that their chal­lengers are looming far and few be­tween.

Third-placed Pen­shurst proved no match ear­lier this month and it might be that only Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld, an early-sea­son vic­tim, has a team that will go any­where near close to match­ing the dis­trict force.

Moys­ton-willaura, de­spite hav­ing a 4-4 win-loss record, cer­tainly felt the full force of the Mag­pies in the round be­fore the break, crash­ing and burn­ing to the tune of 147 points.

Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld sits sec­ond with only two losses for the sea­son and takes on 10th­placed Hawkes­dale-macarthur on Satur­day.

The Rams had Tyler Staude and Lach­lan Seed in good form against Cara­mut last week and the team will look to con­tinue its strong per­for­mances as it builds up to a mouth­wa­ter­ing round-11 clash with the Mag­pies.

While the lad­der leader seems well and truly con­firmed, there is plenty of uncer­tainty sur­round­ing the make up of the top five.

Woorn­doo-mort­lake sits sixth and meets Great West­ern, sit­ting ninth but only a game be­hind the Tigers.

Taty­oon is hold­ing on grimly to fourth spot on the lad­der, on equal points with fifth-placed Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum and meets Moys­ton-willaura.

Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum is far from a cer­tainty to over­come Ararat Ea­gles, which de­spite a poor re­sult against Woorn­doo-mort­lake last out­ing, have two wins this sea­son and can be un­pre­dictable.

SMW Rovers are also in the mid-lad­der mix and if the Bull­dogs can roll Pen­shurst will start turn­ing heads.

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