Gi­ants stand strong

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

South­ern Mallee Gi­ants sent a warn­ing to the rest of the Wim­mera Foot­ball League by leav­ing Hor­sham in the dust at the week­end.

Led by coach Cole­man Schache and a four-goal per­for­mance from Josh Webster, the Gi­ants quickly over­came a three-point quar­ter time deficit to win 15.14 (104) to 7.5 (47) at Hor­sham City Oval.

The vis­i­tors piled on 13 goals to four af­ter the first break, with Schache and Webster joined by other stand­out per­form­ers Lou White and Leigh Stew­art.

Ai­den Yel­land equaled Webster’s tally with four goals.

For the Demons it was de­fender Ben Lakin who stood up as his side strug­gled. Lakin has been a clear stand­out in an oth­er­wise tough year for Hor­sham, along­side coach Deek Roberts.

Roberts kicked three goals but fin­ished the game on the bench af­ter be­ing hurt in a tackle.

The game high­lighted the vastly dif­fer­ent tra­jec­to­ries of both sides, with the Gi­ants now hav­ing won four of their past five matches and the Demons hav­ing lost four of their past six.

Hor­sham is now in real danger of drop­ping out of the top five, lead­ing sixth-placed Hor­sham Saints by only about two per­cent­age points.

The Saints did their own fi­nals chances no harm with a 10.11 (71) to 6.6 (42)

win against Nhill. Re­cruit An­gus Martin had his best game in a Saints uni­form with five goals, stretch­ing the Nhill back­line with his height and power.

Coach Luke Fisher also hit the score­board while Alexander Mcrae played one of his best games of the sea­son.

Ben Jones, Darcy Honey­man and a three-goal per­for­mance by Scott Hughes led Nhill’s ef­fort.

War­rack Ea­gles suffered a sim­i­lar fate to the Tigers in their match against Stawell.

The match was poised to be an arm wres­tle with both sides kick­ing 3.3 in the first quar­ter, but the Ea­gles were un­able to pro­duce another goal for the rest of the match.

Big-bod­ied War­rior Tom Tau­rau was given free reign across the ground and put his stamp on the game with four goals in the 17.12 (114) to 3.11 (29) win.

Also kick­ing mul­ti­ple goals for Stawell were Cody Driscoll, five, David An­drivon, three, Jay Moody and Tom Eckel, two each.

Jake Peters kicked two of the Ea­gles’ first quar­ter goals, with the other com­ing from coach Ryan Mckenzie in a best on ground per­for­mance for the team.

Ararat over­came a spir­ited Dim­boola in the final match of the round, rid­ing the mo­men­tum of a four-goals-to-one first quar­ter to an 11.12 (78) to 9.5 (59) win.

Mid­field-for­ward Jack Gan­ley was at his best with three goals, tak­ing his sea­son tally to 19. Also prom­i­nent were mid­fielder Daniel Men­des and for­ward Cooper Heard, who booted two goals.

Matthew Rosier and Mitch Jor­gensen helped keep the Dim­boola score­board tick­ing with two goals each, while small for­ward Darcy Dubois and mid­fielder Ben Miller were both in the ac­tion.

The 1-10 Roos will host the slump­ing Ea­gles at the week­end with a rare chance to get another win on the board.

South­ern Mallee Gi­ants will try to sus­tain the mo­men­tum of their win against Hor­sham as they take on un­de­feated Minyip-mur­toa at Hopetoun, Hor­sham will travel to Stawell’s Cen­tral Park and Ararat will be at home to Hor­sham Saints. Nhill has a bye.

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