Big fin­ish in Minin­era

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

With the fi­nal home-an­d­away round of Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League com­pe­ti­tion this week, teams are ei­ther look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing a long-awaited break or gear­ing up for what is set to be a com­pelling fi­nals se­ries.

With the fi­nal po­si­tions of the top five yet to be finialised, the com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to the wire.

In this week’s games, Wick­lif­fe­lake Bo­lac will have one last-ditch ef­fort against Great Western to try and ex­tend its sea­son, while Woorn­doo-mort­lake will fight against Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld to ce­ment its spot.

And at the top of the ta­ble, Pen­shurst and Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum will play each other with the vic­tor tak­ing top spot and get­ting a rest week for the first week of fi­nals.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac made it very hard for it­self to se­cure a fi­nals berth with a loss to Lis­more-der­rin­u­lam in hor­ri­ble con­di­tions last week­end.

The Mag­pies were un­able to score a goal un­til the last quar­ter of the game and were able to hold the Demons score­less for that time.

How­ever, the dam­age had been done with a fi­nal score line of 9.5 to 2.17, Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum’s way.

Char­lie Val­lence and Ad­di­son Mil­ner we’re the shin­ing lights for the black and white in an oth­er­wise dark day.

The team will again turn to these boys, along with their other strong play­ers to get the reign­ing pre­miers over the line this week.

Great Western con­tin­ued its strong sea­son with a con­vinc­ing win over Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld.

With the team look­ing for­ward to its first fi­nals se­ries since its en­try into the league, it is look­ing to be at full strength and take this week’s game as a build up to what’s to come.

Lach­lan Mal­loy and An­drew Cameron were the bet­ter play­ers on the day last week with Sa­muel Cocks boot­ing four goals.

This game will not be easy for ei­ther team, with both fight­ing hard for vic­tory.

The other big game for the round will be when Pen­shurst takes on Lis­more-der­ri­nal­lum.

Al­though both teams came off a win last week, Pen­shurst’s game was a bit eas­ier, to the tune of 12 goals over Cara­mut where the Bombers kept their op­po­nents score­less un­til three-quar­ter time.

Justin Eales led his team from the front along with Aaron Glare and Ti­mothy Bar­ton, while spear­head Ben Hunt added an­other six goals to his sea­son tally.

While the Demons will have to pay close at­ten­tion to these play­ers they are not with­out game win­ners of their own, such as Jack Pitts, Michael Lock­yer and Bo Ketchen team­ing up with Riley Brown up for­ward.

A game that many would con­sider a grand-fi­nal pre­view, both teams will want to flex their mus­cles and come out on top.

In other games, Ararat and Cara­mut meet, SMW Rovers hosts neigh­bours Taty­oon, Hawkes­dale-macarthur will look to fin­ish the sea­son on a high when it plays Moys­ton-willaura and Woorn­doo-mort­lake takes on Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld in an ef­fort to ce­ment its first fi­nals spot for more than 10 years.

SANDWICHED: Great Western’s Josh Hustler and Ger­rard Cun­ning­ham tackle Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld’s William Collins. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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