De­mons tri­umph to re­tain top spot

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

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.

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