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05 May 2021
By SARAH MATTHEWS
While reigning Horsham District A Grade premier Laharum is looking a step ahead of the competition, there is plenty of intrigue surrounding the rest of the top six.
Newcomer Kaniva-Leeor United is setting itself up as a threat, winning three of four matches, most recently against Natimuk United.
The Cougars took a narrow three-goal lead into the first break.
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They put their foot down in the second term, shooting 18 goals to the Rams’ six, setting up the win, 57-26.
Nikki Hawker finished the encounter with 44 goals, while defenders Emma Hawker and Elizabeth Hawker continued their strong starts to the season.
Danielle Fleay and Cheryl Sudholz were the Rams’ best, both filling several positions on the court.
The Rams were without defender Jo Taylor and would benefit from her services in a fortnight’s time when they take on second-placed Harrow-Balmoral.
All teams have a bye this weekend.
The Southern Roos continued their undefeated season in round four, but an improved Jeparit-Rainbow certainly made them work for it.
Only one goal separated the teams at half time, with the Roos enjoying a stronger third quarter to set up a five-goal win, 52-47.
The Storm rested key defender Penny Fisher, who could be back the following week against Noradjuha-Quantong.
The Bombers were too strong for Edenhope-Apsley last week, with Shannon Couch shooting 39 goals in a best-on-court performance. Hallie Burgess also impressed through the midcourt, while defender Dulcie Shirrefs was again a key player for the Saints.
Laharum recorded a clinical win over Kalkee, 66-24, with wing attack Erin Mellington winning the Michele Mibus Medallion in the memorial match.
The Kees were best served by midcourter Millie McRae and Katie Ruwoldt.
In the final match of the round, Swifts led at each change against Pimpinio to record a 21-goal victory. Jade Ralph, 26 goals, was on song for the home side, while Deni Sordello battled hard for the Tigers in defence.
Results: Noradjuha-Quantong d Edenhope-Apsley 52-32; Harrow-Balmoral d Jeparit-Rainbow 52-47; Laharum d Kalkee 66-24; Swifts v Pimpinio 47-26; Kaniva-Leeor United d Natimuk United 57-26.
Ladder: Laharum 16 points, 276.83; Harrow-Balmoral 16, 143.33; Jeparit-Rainbow 12, 147.97; Noradjuha-Quantong 12, 121.52; Kaniva-Leeor United 12, 115.97; Swifts 8, 125.00; Natimuk United 8, 101.59; Rupanyup 4, 91.47; Kalkee 4, 89.78; Edenhope-Apsley 4, 59.82; Pimpinio 0, 62.61.
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