Tigers tame Demons

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Pimpinio sup­port­ers were in rap­tures when the final siren blew dur­ing Satur­day’s Hor­sham Dis­trict match against La­harum, de­liv­er­ing the team its first win of the sea­son by a sin­gle point.

The Tigers had not tasted vic­tory since last sea­son’s 17-point win against Tay­lors Lake in round nine, but sensed an op­por­tu­nity against a La­harum side in freefall since the de­par­ture of for­mer coach Rob­bie Miller.

The Demons beat Pimpinio by 75 points when the sides met in round two, but were on an eight-game los­ing streak en­ter­ing round 13.

Pimpinio took full ad­van­tage with six goals to three in the open­ing half to open up a 13-point lead.

With vet­er­ans Daniel Baker and Nathan Clough in the thick of the ac­tion and coach Liam Jakobi pre­sent­ing well up for­ward in a switch from de­fence to at­tack, the Tigers had op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the game away in the third quar­ter but man­aged only five be­hinds for the term.

It looked as if their misses would come back to haunt them as La­harum mounted a des­per­ate fourth-quar­ter come­back.

Coach Tom Craw­ford got the ball rolling with an early goal in the last term, Shan­non Em­mer­ton fol­lowed it up with another and when the ex­pe­ri­enced

Heath Macinnes slot­ted his se­cond ma­jor of the game the Demons grabbed a one-point lead.

A heart­break­ing loss was on the cards for Pimpinio, but the Tigers con­tin­ued to scrap and send the ball for­ward.

The team was able to force two more be­hinds – the se­cond com­ing off the boot of Brett Hamer­ston – and then hold La­harum at bay to steal a thrilling 6.10 (46) to 6.9 (45) win.

Daniel Grif­fiths and emerg­ing ruck­man Mitch Hor­wood were the Demons’ best per­form­ers.

Other matches at the week­end saw big wins to Eden­hope-ap­s­ley and Kal­kee, while Na­timuk United and Swifts both won by about three goals.

The Saints were clin­i­cal in a 22.20 (152) to 4.7 (31) win against Tay­lors Lake, putting their stamp on the game from the open­ing bounce.

Lachie Mid­dle­ton starred in the mid­field for the Saints while Tay­lor But­ler and George Walker feasted up for­ward with five goals apiece.

Ash Law­son was Tay­lors Lake’s best on a lean day, helped by Bray­den Carra and Trae Martin.

Kal­kee took longer to get go­ing but dom­i­nated af­ter quar­ter time in its 11.9 (75) to 3.9 (27) win against Ru­pa­nyup.

Matthew Nield and Louis Papst helped lead the charge for the Kees in the mid­field, with vet­eran key for­ward Josh Bed­di­son boot­ing five goals up for­ward.

Na­timuk United needed to come from be­hind in a danger game against Jeparit-rain­bow but de­liv­ered in spades when it needed to, kick­ing five goals to none in the fourth quar­ter to win 9.11 (65) to 6.8 (44).

De­spite the strong play of Si­mon and Heath Clugston and for­ward Brad Hunter, the Storm was stopped dead in its tracks af­ter building a 14-point lead.

Vet­eran back­man Cal­lum Cameron helped stem the bleed­ing for the Rams while coach Sam An­son was in ev­ery­thing.

Two goals to Nathan Koenig and sin­gles to Max English, Jay­don Stiles and Jesse Wilkinson in the fourth quar­ter sealed the win for the home team.

It was a dif­fer­ent story for Swifts, who led wire to wire in their 12.10 (82) to 9.9 (63) win against No­rad­juha-quan­tong.

Liam Scott was the Bag­gies’ best, while Ryan Folkes and Daniel Parkin did dam­age on the score­board.

Jack Vague and Zane Bat­son were the Bombers’ top per­form­ers.

No­rad­juha-quan­tong will now face ri­val Na­timuk United in a bat­tle of neigh­bour­ing clubs at Quan­tong.

Eden­hope-ap­s­ley will be at home to Har­row-bal­moral, Swifts will host Tay­lors Lake at Stawell’s North Park, Kal­kee will travel to Cameron Oval to face La­harum and Pimpinio will play the Storm at Rain­bow.

Ru­pa­nyup has a bye.

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