Tight contest in Minin­era

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

With just one round left be­fore a mid-sea­son bye, a clearer pic­ture of Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League will emerge as all teams have played each other once.

Pen­shurst and Great Western en­ter the round sit­ting first and se­cond on the lad­der, both on the same amount of points.

Although the Bombers and Li­ons have shown them­selves to be the main con­tenders so far, the rest of the po­si­tions in the top five are still up for grabs in a very close race.

Still fight­ing to keep in touch with the top five, Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld this week takes on Woorn­doo-mort­lake.

Both teams suf­fered losses at the week­end to the two top teams, the Rams to the tune of 28 goals to Pen­shurst and the Tigers, who put up more of a fight, by eight goals to Great Western.

Woorn­doo-mort­lake held its own in the first half, go­ing into the main break with scores level. But af­ter half time it be­came a one-sided af­fair with the Li­ons kick­ing six goals and eight points to the Tigers’ one point in the third quar­ter.

It was a gap the Tigers could not close de­spite the best ef­forts of Ed­ward Gub­bins,

James O’shea and Keilan Web­ster-bam­ford. Th­ese play­ers will need to fire again for Woorn­doo-mort­lake to go into the break still in the top five, as a loss could see it drop out.

It is also an im­por­tant game for the Rams; not only will they be look­ing to re­deem last week’s per­for­mance, but an­other loss could make it dif­fi­cult for them to take a spot come fi­nals.

In an oth­er­wise dark day, Michael Ue­ber­gang was a shining light as the team’s best player and the scorer of its one and only goal. With the help of Joshua Mor­ganti and Damien Lo­gan the Rams will be set for an­other good per­for­mance to keep their sea­son alive.

All the other top teams this week play teams in the bot­tom half of the lad­der, with the race so tight that all top-five teams will be look­ing at this week for not only a con­fi­dence and per­cent­age booster, but as a chance to start their run home to­ward the fi­nals.

In other games Great Western trav­els to Cara­mut, Moys­ton-wil­laura takes on Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac, Pen­shurst plays host to the strug­gling SMW Rovers, Ararat Ea­gles have the task of Taty­oon and Lis­more-der­rin­u­lam will play Hawkes­dale-macarthur.

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