Saints and Rams remain unscathed
Edenhope-apsley and Natimuk United might have secured ‘early challenger’ tags as Horsham District football teams have a week off to catch their breath during Easter.
While the season is still in its infancy, both are two wins from two games and are nestled under the competition’s primary fancy Harrow-balmoral.
Last weekend Edenhope-apsley secured its second win of the season against a spirited Taylors Lake while Natimuk United flexed its growing muscles against Jeparit-rainbow.
But circumstances surrounding both sides’ success were miles apart in their respective games.
While Edenhope-apsley had to respond to a mighty fright to overwhelm Taylors Lake, Natimuk United put on the afterburners in the second quarter at Natimuk and won comfortably.
Edenhope-apsley found itself trailing the Lakers by almost three goals at half time and had to produce a six-goal third term to snatch a two-point lead at the last change.
Three last-quarter goals to a behind sealed the contest, allowing
the visitors to breath easier and leaving the Lakers to lament a lost opportunity.
The Saints gave Bartley Nolan top votes ahead of Jak Ryan and Lachie Middleton; Cam Domaschenz and Carl Slape kicked three goals.
Taylors Lake was gallant but would have been disappointed. Jake Hinton, Jake Bunworth, Andrew Phelan and three-goal Jye Smith were the Lakers’ best.
While the Saints had to claw their way to victory, Natimuk United collected a 64-point victory over the Storm.
Jayden Stiles kicked seven goals and partner in crime Nathan Koenig three.
Despite the efforts of Shane Maslin and Brad Hunter, the Storm watched the home side skip away in the second term.
Another game of mixed fortunes evolved between Swifts and Noradjuha-quantong, Swifts bouncing back to score a 66-point win at Quantong.
Swifts kicked away early and never appeared in danger after establishing a 56-point threequarter-time lead. Zach Salmi, Daniel Parking and Jakob Davis were among the best and Ben Martin kicked five goals.
The Bombers have some regrouping to do after failing to find a multiple goal-kicker during the contest, Austin Smith, Jason Kerr, Dustin Cross and Jack Vague their best.
Laharum produced a ninegoal second term to shake off Pimpinio at Pimpinio and ran out winners by 75 points.
Tom Crawford kicked seven goals in the victory and joined Jed Mcconville, team leader Robbie Miller and Alec Steff in a list of best players.
Pimpinio had Alex Ross and Chris Walsh lead the Tigers’ cause as Corey Smith kicked three goals.
The closest game of the round unfolded at Kalkee where the home side held off Rupanyup to win by eight points.
There was little in the contest all day, Rupanyup snatching an advantage by the last change. But it was the Kees who scrambled home in the final stanza.
Guns Hamish Exell, Simon Hobbs, Jasper Gunn and Karl Campbell all performed for Kalkee, while Elliot Kelly, Jack Kreuzberger and Ty Maher led the Panthers’ cause. Trent Grant also kicked four goals.
Rupanyup’s next assignment is against Harrow-balmoral at Rupanyup.
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SLIP AWAY: Natimuk United’s Kyal Murray eludes Jeparit-rainbow opponents during Horsham District football action at Natimuk. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER