Tough task ahead

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY GAR­RETT LIS­TON

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.

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