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11 May 2022
By Michael Scalzo
Rupanyup’s win over Swifts has allowed Harrow-Balmoral to claim a solitary lead at the top of the Horsham District Football Netball League table.
The Southern Roos now have a four-point advantage above a handful of teams jostling beneath them, as the Panthers pull Swifts back down to join them in a chasing pack of five teams with three wins.
Rupanyup opened up a five-goal lead over Swifts by quarter time and maintained a 22-point lead at the main break.
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It would be twice in a row Swifts have gotten away slowly, having conceded eight goals to Natimuk the previous round.
Even though Swifts got their groove back late in the match to only go down by 11 points, the Panthers would be happy about banking another early season win, 12.11 (83) to 10.12 (72).
Taylors Lake defenders would have seen 40 goal-scoring kicks sail over their heads at Dock Lake Recreation Reserve, including a demoralising 13 goals in the first term.
With the match over, the Lakers tightened up in the second quarter even if another 13 goals were added before the final siren.
The 143-point win, 26.16 (172) to 4.5 (29), hands a powerful Southern Roos side its fourth of the year.
It was a similar story for Noradjuha-Quantong, who handed Pimpinio a heavy loss at Pimpinio.
The Bombers put away nine final- quarter goals to the Tigers’ one to blow the final margin out, 22.18 (150) to 6.2 (38).
Edenhope-Apsley fell four points shy of a victory against Kalkee at Apsley, going down 12.11 (83) to 13.9 (87).
Scores were close all game, with the final four-point margin the largest of three previous breaks.
The loss drops the Saints below a large group of sides hunting the Southern Roos at this stage of the year, however a run of should-win games against lower sides in the next month should net the Saints a decent win tally by the mid-year break.
The win keeps Kalkee in touch with the top end of the ladder.
Laharum got and then kept its nose in front after quarter time to claim a 42-point win over Natimuk, 18.10 (118) to 11.10 (76), the Mountain Men’s first of the year.
The Rams, with a couple vital outs, were left with no answer to Laharum’s Shannon Argall’s eight goals, even if Natimuk’s Nathan Koenig kicked five himself.
Kaniva-Leeor United travelled to Rainbow to keep within touch of Jeparit-Rainbow for most of the game.
The relentless Storm steadily kept putting a score on the board throughout the day, while the Cougars ended the day with only three majors, 11.6 (72) to 3.6 (24). The Storm’s Peter Weir added another six goals to his growing personal season tally.
This week, the Panthers have another chance to solidify their finals credentials with a home game against Pimpinio, while Swifts welcome Taylors Lake to North Park.
Kalkee versus Jeparit-Rainbow at Kalkee should be the match of the round, while Laharum will need to bring its best to Quantong to get the jump on a good Noradjuha-Quantong side.
Kaniva-Leeor heads to Balmoral to meet a Southern Roos side on the charge, while Edenhope-Apsley heads to Natimuk to play a Rams side worthy of a win.
This week: Rupanyup v Pimpinio; Swifts v Taylors Lake; Jeparit-Rainbow v Kalkee; Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum; Harrow-Balmoral v Kaniva-Leeor United, Balmoral; Natimuk v Edenhope-Apsley.
Last Week: Harrow-Balmoral 26.16 (172) d Taylors Lake 4.5 (29), Noradjuha-Quantong 22.18 (150) d Pimpinio 6.2 (38), Kalkee 13.9 (87) d Edenhope-Apsley 12.11 (83), Rupanyup 12.11 (83) d Swifts 10.12 (72), Laharum 18.10 (118) d Natimuk 11.10 (76), Jeparit-Rainbow 11.6 (72) d Kaniva-Leeor 3.6 (24).
Ladder: Harrow-Balmoral 16 points, 293.51 percent; Jeparit-Rainbow 12, 203.43; Swifts 12, 198.13; Noradjuha-Quantong 12, 178.74; Kalkee 12, 126.35; Rupanyup 12, 125; Edenhope-Apsley 4, 130.93; Pimpinio 4, 60.05; Natimuk 4, 59.67; Kaniva-Leeor 4, 48.67; Laharum 4, 48.48; Taylors Lake 0, 30.26.
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