Bombers stun Rams

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

No­rad­juha-quan­tong all but sealed a fi­nals berth and Na­timuk United pos­si­bly squan­dered a golden top three fin­ish op­por­tu­nity in an event­ful Hor­sham District league match at Na­timuk Show­ground.

The tra­di­tional ri­vals each had plenty to play for and it was the Rams who grabbed a nar­row lead at quar­ter time, slot­ting five goals straight to the Bombers’ 4.1.

The home side main­tained a nar­row lead at the long break, but in the sec­ond half the arm wres­tle of a con­test started to turn in No­rad­juha-quan­tong’s favour.

De­spite the con­tin­ued ab­sence of spear­head Shane Oak­ley, Cam Bruce stepped up with a seven-goal haul – his best per­for­mance of the sea­son.

With Ryan Stacey, Dustin Cross, Jack Vague and Jor­dan Huff, four goals, also ex­ert­ing their in­flu­ence on the game, the Bombers opened the flood­gates in the fi­nal term, kick­ing seven goals to the Rams’ five to cap a stir­ring 19.6 (120) to 16.7 (103) win.

Justin Bromley, Cal­lum Cameron and Dy­lan Bates could hold their heads high for the de­feated home side, while Jay­don Stiles kicked four goals up for­ward.

The Rams slid to fourth on the lad­der af­ter the loss, but will have an op­por­tu­nity to fight their way back into the top three by sea­son’s end, start­ing with a game against Pimpinio this week­end.

The Tigers were crushed

by Jeparit-rain­bow in a re­turn to form by the Storm, with Ben War­ren kick­ing nine goals and Peter Weir slot­ting five.

Pimpinio’s lone goal in the 29.11 (185) to 1.3 (9) hiding came through Daniel Baker at the start of the third quar­ter.

Dy­lan Baker and Nathan Clough were also among the team’s best on a tough day at Rain­bow.

The Storm has a chance to so­lid­ify its po­si­tion with a match against Tay­lors Lake in round 16.

The Lak­ers were gal­lant but lacked the polish to over­come Swifts in a match cel­e­brat­ing the indige­nous her­itage of both clubs at North Park, Stawell.

Tay­lors Lake was only five points in ar­rears at half time and, led by Heath Kelm and Mitch Whe­lan with a com­bined five goals for the day, looked to cre­ate a huge upset.

But the Bag­gies stead­ied the ship in the ab­sence of sev­eral key play­ers in­clud­ing the hard-run­ning duo of Da­mon Folkes and coach Scott Carey.

In their ab­sence Todd Matthews, Zach Armer and for­mer coach Ben Martin stood up, Martin boot­ing six goals to help seal the 14.14 (98) to 8.7 (55) win.

A top of the lad­der clash at Ap­s­ley was won con­vinc­ingly by Har­row-bal­moral, which de­feated the home­town Saints 27.6 (168) to 12.5 (77) in a dis­play of ac­cu­rate kick­ing.

The Saints served up a com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance – led by Jeremy Kealy, Jak Ryan and four-goal Ge­orge Walker – but could not con­tain a sur­feit of Roo goal­kick­ers.

More than half of the team got its name on the score­sheet, led by Michael Close, six goals; Si­mon Close, five; and Cody Deutscher, Scott Ad­din­sall and coach Nick Pekin, three each.

The game showed how deep the gulf be­tween the Roos and the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion truly is; de­spite kick­ing the high­est score reg­is­tered against Har­row-bal­moral this sea­son the sec­ond-placed Saints still nearly fin­ished the day with a triple-digit de­feat.

Kal­kee kept its hopes of over­tak­ing No­rad­juha-quan­tong for sixth place alive with a 20.14 (134) to 6.7 (43) win against home team La­harum at Cameron Oval.

Louis Papst con­tin­ued his strong re­cent form with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive best on ground per­for­mance for the Kees, while four goals to Jay­den Kuhne, three to Si­mon Hobbs and two to Colby Ledgar also saw them named among the best.

Josh Bed­di­son led all goal kick­ers with five ma­jors.

For La­harum, coach Tom Craw­ford con­tin­ued to lead from the front with two goals, sup­ported by Alec St­eff, Mitch Hor­wood and Jed Mcconville.

The road ahead does not get any eas­ier for La­harum, with a road trip to Bal­moral to take on the Roos loom­ing on Satur­day.

Ru­pa­nyup will re­turn to ac­tion when it hosts Eden­hope-ap­s­ley, while Kal­kee, No­rad­juha-quan­tong and Swifts have byes in round 16.

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