Lop­sided score­board

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

Na­timuk United will seek to ar­rest a con­cern­ing form slump when it hosts La­harum at Na­timuk Show­ground on Satur­day.

The Rams exploded out of the blocks with five straight wins – in­clud­ing vic­to­ries against fi­nals con­tenders Swifts and Jeparit-rainbow – but lost three of their next four in­clud­ing a 13.15 (93) to 3.5 (23) thrash­ing at the hands of Eden­hope-ap­s­ley at the week­end.

The team was with­out key con­trib­u­tors Nathan Koenig and Cal­lum Cameron and did not put up a fight af­ter the main break – outscored nine goals to one in the se­cond half.

For the first time this sea­son spear­head Jay­don Stiles was kept to fewer than three goals, boot­ing only one for the day.

The Saints, con­versely, shared the ball around their for­ward line, with Carl Slape and Ge­orge Walker kick­ing three each and five other goal-kick­ers bob­bing up to get their names on the score sheet.

Saints mid­fielder Bart Nolan was the star of the day, while Na­timuk United coach Sam An­son kept try­ing hard de­spite the lop­sided score.

The Rams should fancy their chances against La­harum, which is also com­ing off a huge 24.13 (157) to 5.6 (36) loss to Jeparit-rainbow. The writ­ing was on the wall af­ter a 58-13 first quar­ter by the Storm, and the mar­gin had been ex­tended to 77 by half time.

La­harum has not scored more than 40 points in a game since round four and had no mul­ti­ple-goal kick­ers for a fifth straight game. The best for the Moun­tain Men was coach Tom Craw­ford, who kept pre­sent­ing up for­ward, while defenders Brett Ervin and Heath Mcinnes did their best un­der pres­sure all day.

There were a host of win­ners for the Storm, with Ben War­ren, Peter Weir and Jakob Cocks kick­ing 17 goals be­tween them and Shane Maslin dom­i­nat­ing in the mid­field.

Har­row-bal­moral con­tin­ued a theme of blowout re­sults in round 10 with a 37.13 (235) to 2.4 (16) hiding of Pimpinio.

De­spite hav­ing a 70-point ad­van­tage af­ter two quar­ters, the Roos did not hit their straps un­til the se­cond half, slam­ming on 13 goals in the third quar­ter and 11 in the fourth to com­plete the rout.

James Staude vaulted to third place on the league goal-kick­ing table with an in­cred­i­ble 13 ma­jors, while former AFL player Michael Close kicked seven in his re­turn from con­cus­sion is­sues.

Nathan Clough con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent form this sea­son and was one of the lone bright spots for the Tigers along with Si­mon Nuske and Dy­lan Baker.

In a third triple-digit blowout at the week­end Kal­kee won 17.26 (128) to 3.3 (21) against Tay­lors Lake de­spite some er­rant kick­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

Si­mon Hobbs and wing­man Louis Papst found plenty of the ball for the Kees, who had an even spread of goal-kick­ers up for­ward. Usual suspects Trae Martin, Dean Har­berger and Mitch Whe­lan were the Lak­ers’ stand­outs.

At Ru­pa­nyup Recre­ation Re­serve No­rad­juha-quan­tong over­came a spir­ited ef­fort by the home team to win 16.15 (111) to 11.10 (76). The Pan­thers were with­out star mid­fielder El­liot Kelly and coach Jack Mus­grove but bat­tled gamely on thanks to the ef­forts of Jack Kreuzberge­r, two goals, and Scott Niewand, three.

Dustin Cross played one of his best games of the sea­son for the Bombers and Cam Bruce kicked five goals up for­ward.

The Bombers will now take on Eden­hope-ap­s­ley as they seek to keep a toe­hold in the top six, while Ru­pa­nyup will have a chance to bounce back against strug­gling Pimpinio. Jeparit-rainbow will host Swifts at Jeparit and Tay­lors Lake faces a daunt­ing task with a home game against Har­row-bal­moral.

Kal­kee has a bye.

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