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28 April 2021
By DEAN LAWSON
Maintaining a lofty position on top of a Horsham District football ladder looms as primary motivation for Noradjuha-Quantong this weekend.
The Bombers find themselves leading the competition by percentage after a neat three-from-three win record so far and will attempt to continue the run during a trip to Edenhope on Saturday.
Circumstances are tight at the top with Rupanyup and Kalkee also so far enjoying a clean slate and a Noradjuha-Quantong victory over Edenhope-Apsley would send confidence stocks soaring.
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The Bombers clinched an inaugural Arapiles Cup in a low-scoring Anzac affair against Natimuk United last week, pulling away from their rivals in the second half and winning by 44 points.
Zac Kelly continued his big start to the season with another impressive performance, with Jye Walter, Heath Schulz and Jack Vague also impressing.
Noradjuha-Quantong travels deep into foreign territory to meet an Edenhope-Apsley side desperate to bounce back after disappointment against Jeparit-Rainbow.
The Saints were always on the back foot against the Storm despite the efforts of Dale Smith, Cameron Domaschenz and Dylan Vanzini. They would consider the Bombers a major scalp and an opportunity to build on earlier wins.
Harrow-Balmoral, meanwhile, fresh from a bounce-back win over Kaniva-Leeor United, will take on Jeparit-Rainbow at Balmoral.
Local Footy Live radio callers on 3WM watched the Southern Roos in action last week and left believing the team is on the road back to producing its best.
Commentator Grant Kuchel said the Roos had obviously been stung from a heavy loss to Rupanyup and were still missing the talent of Nick Pekin but would ‘shape up all right’.
“They will be there abouts, there’s no worries about that,” he said after calling the game.
“There’s no way Michael Close will have such an ordinary game again as last week and of course Simon Close was all class as per usual. They just seem to have the formula right.
“There’s a couple of younger fellows such as Tom Conheady coming through, Callum Hobbs has brought back some grunt and Mitch Jones and Will Plush are playing good footy.”
Jeparit-Rainbow impressed with a consistent four-quarter effort against the Saints last week, Jay Kirwood a standout with seven goals.
Nathan Cocks, Shane Maslin, Brad Hunter and Jacob Cocks also led the way to a 55-point win.
Kaniva-Leeor United fronts up against Natimuk United at Kaniva, with both sides needing to get their seasons rolling.
Natimuk United came off second-best against the Bombers last week, while the Cougars remain winless after running into the Roos.
Kuchel said his first impression of the Cougars was that their skill errors hurt them badly but there appeared obvious signs the club might ultimately click.
“I honestly think they will be pushing around the fifth or six-place mark,” he said.
“Chris Bryan could have kicked five or six if he had the right boots on last week and both he and Dylan Collis kicked three.”
Charlie Maddern, Mitch Jones and Lochlyn Hahne were others to impress.
Natimuk United kicked only three goals last week and will obviously have to remedy the shortfall.
Callum McNabb, Adam Coutts and Callum Cameron will need more team-mates to rally for what should be a fascinating game.
Kuchel rates Rupanyup as an obvious team to beat and suggested Taylors Lake will face a significant hurdle against the Panthers this week at Rupanyup.
“Rupanyup is pretty good. The addition of big strong Mitch Gleeson makes a lot of difference and then there is the likes of Elliot Kelly and Jack Kruezberger,” he said.
Last week Paul Trotter and Jarryd Graham joined Kelly in leading the way for the Panthers as they eventually overwhelmed a willing Swifts.
Taylors Lake put in a solid effort against Laharum last week, falling just 17 points short of securing points.
Trae Martin, Jack McRae and Koby Westerland flew the red and white flag and will need to repeat the effort this weekend.
Kalkee is another team enjoying a solid start to the year and travels to Cameron Oval to take on Laharum.
The Kees continued their spotless season record with a monster win over Pimpinio, Deek Roberts bagging seven goals, Simon Hobbs and Jayden Kuhne four each and Jordan Motton three. Jasper Gunn and Pat Purcell were also key contributors.
Laharum, despite sneaking home against Taylors Lake and searching for back-to-back wins, will start as an underdog.
Pimpinio has to find a way of bouncing back but takes on Swifts at North Park in Stawell where there will be plenty happening with the official opening of new clubrooms.
Daniel Baker continues to dig deep for the Tigers, who will find the home side tough.
Scott Carey, Zac Armer and Nick Pickering were among Baggies to give Rupanyup a hurry-up last week.
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