Tough task ahead
Horsham Demons will take on the undefeated South Warrnambool Roosters in the final week of the Deakin University Female Football League on Sunday.
The trip is the longest in the competition and the Roosters, who boast a large squad, have been the competition benchmark.
The Demons will need to bring their best efforts in the big clash at Friendlies Park.
Last time the two sides met the Roosters won by 11 points in a low-scoring affair.
Horsham visited Portland’s Hanlon Park fortress at the weekend and it proved exactly that. In sunny but windy conditions a bruising encounter unfolded with a well-oiled and highly skilled Portland side running over the visitors.
The Tigresses played a slick style of running football that many men’s senior sides would be in awe of, with forward hand passing and line-breaking runs opening up the Demons early and they were not able to recover.
Horsham showed tremendous grit and deter
mination throughout the game, fighting hard right to the last siren.
Faith Mckenzie kicked the Demons’ first goal late in the first quarter, but the team had to wait another three quarters to hit the scoreboard again with Allison Baker scoring late in the game. Debutants Faith Mckenzie and Lia Landrigan slotted in to the side well and Sophie Robinson, Jessie Ferguson and Meaghan Pohlner again performed well out of the centre with help from Beth Bates in defence. Results: Portland 13.15 (93) d Horsham 2.3 (15). Best, Sophie Robinson, Meaghan Pohlner Faith Mckenzie, Jessie Ferguson, Natasha Mustafa-allen, Benthany Bates.
In junior competition, Wimmera teams Horsham and Stawell endured semi-final losses at Hamilton’s Pedrina Park.
South Warrnambool beat Horsham by 39 points and Warrnambool Blues prevailed by 20 points over the Warriors.
Horsham now plays Warrnambool Blues in a preliminary final on Sunday.