Demons triumph to retain top spot
Laharum cemented its position as the 2018 Horsham District league A Grade front-runner by becoming the first team to defeat reigning premier Natimuk United this season.
The first term was tight, with the Demons holding a slender one-goal lead at quarter time.
Laharum pulled away in the second quarter, shooting 17 goals to the Ewes’ six to create a handy 12-goal buffer by the half-time break.
Natimuk United made a few changes to try to claw back the deficit but the Demons could not be headed on their way to an 11-goal victory.
Laharum’s defenders Rebecca Mcintyre and Ema Iredell worked hard to curb the influence of Shannon Couch, the Ewes’ primary avenue to goal.
Couch was restricted to 19 goals for the match, while goal attacks Amy Pilgrim and Alysha Liston were also clearly under pressure, finishing with goals apiece.
Liston was among her side’s best along with centre Emily Hateley, who ran hard all game.
Mcintyre earned accolades for her defensive efforts, with beston-court honours going to teammate Caitlin Story, 25 goals.
The Demons now meet Swifts at Stawell’s Central Park.
The Baggies will enter the match on a high after securing their fifth win for a season in about 12 years, but will be brought back down to earth by a stronger Laharum outfit.
The Demons have more defensive pressure than Swifts, but the Baggies certainly moved the ball quickly against Noradjuha-quantong last week and will look to capitalise on any Laharum errors.
Swifts enjoyed a nine-goal win over the Bombers last week, with midcourter Heidi Sudholz and goalie Michaela Armer judged best.
Chloe Gabbe was best for the Bombers in her first A Grade eight match of the season. The Bombers have a bye this week.
Natimuk United will look for a big win against Jeparitrainbow. The Storm continues to show improvement week in, week out but will be no match for the Ewes.
Defenders Ebony Spokes and Bridget Mckenzie were vital in the Storm’s 16-goal loss to Kalkee. The Kees, with Jenna Bywaters in good form in the ring, will look to claim four points against Pimpinio. The Tigers have been putting in solid performances and will be out for an upset.
In other matches, Rupanyup will be too strong for an improving Taylors Lake and fifth-placed Harrow-balmoral will look to upset third-placed Edenhope-apsley.
Round-nine results: Laharum d Natimuk United 46-35, Swifts d Noradjuha-quantong 43-34, Kalkee d Jeparit-rainbow 46-30, Pimpinio d Taylors Lake 54-48, Harrow-balmoral d Rupanyup 70-47.