Saints and Rams re­main un­scathed

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAWSON

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.


SLIP AWAY: Na­timuk United’s Kyal Mur­ray eludes Jeparit-rain­bow op­po­nents dur­ing Hor­sham Dis­trict foot­ball ac­tion at Na­timuk. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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