Teams start run to fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

Things will start heat­ing up in round 12 of Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League this week­end.

Some clubs are start­ing their fi­nals cam­paigns while oth­ers are still fight­ing for their spot in the top five.

Penshurst re­mains on top of the lad­der with only one loss so far this sea­son.

The top six also in­cludes Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac, Taty­oon and Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum, who we have seen con­sis­tently over the past few years.

But this year Great West­ern is a real con­tender sit­ting se­cond for the first time since join­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, and Woorn­doo-mort­lake, sit­ting fifth, is

fight­ing for its first fi­nals cam­paign in some years.

Woorn­doo-mort­lake takes on SMW Rovers this week. When they met in the first round it was the Tigers by nine-goals.

The Tigers’ last win be­fore last week­end’s league bye came at the ex­pense of Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld, also to the tune of nine goals.

Jor­don Buck­ley kicked six ma­jors in the win, while Sam Ger­va­soni and Ed­ward Gub­bins did plenty around the ground.

SMW Rovers on the other hand have yet to beat a team above them on the lad­der this sea­son.

While fi­nals seem out of reach for the Bull­dogs, they will still look to get some­thing out of the rest of the sea­son to give them­selves some­thing to work on in the fu­ture. Rovers’ last game was a rough one in the wet against Penshurst, which saw them fail to kick a goal un­til the last quar­ter.

The back­line had a work­out and pro­duced the shining lights in Dan Cur­ran, Matthew Mulc­ahy and Brent Bul­ger in an oth­er­wise dark day.

Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum will host Great West­ern and try and re­verse the re­sult from the first round which saw the Demons fall to the Li­ons by three goals.

Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum had a big win be­fore the bye, de­feat­ing Hawkes­dale-macarthur by 102 points.

James Boag kicked seven goals that day while Michael Lock­yer added to the score­board with six of his own.

Both were in the best and along with Tyler Dit­t­loff and Lochlan Dou­glas will be keen for an­other strong per­for­mance this week.

Great West­ern lost in the up­set of the sea­son last out­ing to Cara­mut.

In a ter­ri­ble kick­ing dis­play, the Li­ons man­aged only one goal from 21 at­tempts.

Jeremy Cronin, Ben New­son and Thomas Cairns all played well de­spite the loss and will be ea­ger to get back on track this week lead­ing up to fi­nals.

In other games, Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld take on Cara­mut, Ararat Ea­gles host Hawkes­dale-macarthur, Penshurst will look to have an easy day out against Moys­ton-willaura, and Taty­oon will con­tinue its fight for that fifth spot when it plays Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac.

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