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Classic round of close contests

Classic round of close contests

Nhill v Warrack Eagles
What a great game this promises to be. The Tigers have strung together two wins on the trot, and are starting to realise the promise they have shown all year. The Eagles have taken the big scalp of Stawell and have jumped to third on the ladder. Now is the time for the Tigers to take a big scalp. They have Nathan Merrett and Simon Mock gathering possessions at will and delivering with precision into the forward 50.
Jarryd Graham runs hard off half back, along with Ricky Leyonhjelm and Sean Bayzand, while Aaron Beer and Ben Pollock are dangerous across half forward. He may not look like your elite athlete at full forward but Luke Oldaker gives an honest contest each time and he is proving to be a valuable contributor, kicking his three or four each week and is a good foil for Joel Price and Graeme Cole.
The Eagles are on a high and coach Harvey Lang would be wary of his team getting ahead of themselves. A trait of Lang-coached teams is the discipline they must play with, which enables them to get front and square to the contest, tackle hard and apply constant pressure to the ball carrier. This is what has served the Eagles so well over the past fortnight.
Dan Krahe is the leader, ably supported by brother Brad, Todd George and Anthony McKenzie. Dan McDonald is proving to be a valuable target up forward, while Jake Cheney is probably one of the in-form backmen in the competition. The Eagles will need to be aware of how the Tigers play with one man behind the pack for the outlet handball, which enables them to have a loose man to set up play. The Tigers play well at home but the Eagles have the double chance firmly in their sights and they won’t want to drop a game to a team below them on the ladder. The Eagles by 27 points.
Horsham v Horsham United
The battle of the City Oval co-tenants will be nothing more than a walk in the park for the Demons, as they systematically go about destroying whatever confidence the undermanned Diggers have. Injuries to Luke Chamberlain, Josh Friend, Matthew Berry, Josh Mibus and Tom Bourchier have increased the pressure on an already skinny playing list.
The Diggers will have no answers to the goal kicking abilities of Luke Carr, Dylan Parish, David Johns and opportunists Josh Hamilton, Brad Hartigan and Bronson Durack. Stuart Farr, Scott Batchelor, Jarrod Wright and Marcus Anson will get plenty of the ball in the midfield, while Terry Arnel and Luke Spasic will control the backline. Shannon Argall, Brendan McDonald, Justin Garth and Tim Wade will give it their all but the Diggers don’t have the depth of talent to trouble the Demons.
Expect to see some new faces in the Digger line up this week but that won’t stop the Demons from romping away with a 115-point win.
Dimboola v Minyip Murtoa
Another cracking game looms under the gums at Dimboola where the Roos, fresh after the bye, welcome Craig Wilson’s Kookaburras, who will be on a high after scoring their first win for the season last week over the Saints.
The Kookaburras will have extra incentive to do well in this match because favorite son Hamish “Rusty” Gawith will play his 200th Wimmera League game. Gawith has been a consistent half back for first Murtoa then the combine, and has returned from a knee reconstruction to be a valuable member of the Kookaburras outfit. Gawith also played six interleague games for the Big W in the 90s.
The Roos have Karl Lohde in Toohey Medal winning form and Wilson will need to make sure Lohde doesn’t have an influence, if they want to win. Jackson O’Neill is rapidly finding his feet in Wimmera League seniors and proving to be a good target up forward, lending great support to veteran Glen Ross and Peter MacFarlane.
Wilson will be looking for a four quarter effort again and Scott Smith, Clinton Midgley, Lachie Delahunty and Brent Hudson will lead from the front. The Roos are within a whisker of the five, which should be incentive enough for them to overcome a determined Minyip Murtoa outfit by eight points.
Horsham Saints v Ararat
What a round of footy with a big game at Coughlin Park between the fifth-placed Saints and fourth-placed Ararat. The Saints would be smarting after dropping last week’s game to Minyip Murtoa, while the Rats would have taken plenty out of their effort against Horsham, where they stuck with the reining premiers for three quarters for the second time this season.
Both teams are very similar in that they have light bodies around the footy and try to move the ball quickly. The Saints introduced teenage sensation Mitch Creek to senior footy last week and he will be better for the run.
They may look to move Gavin Kelm back to the goal front, where he has done most of his damage this season, after the Saints struggled to kick goals after quarter time last week.
The Rats have key forwards Mick Fratin and Lachie Hamilton in form but that doesn’t seem to be their problem, it’s stopping the goals they need to look at. Wade Robertson, Jonathon Milosevic and Ben Harrison will be asking plenty of their on-ballers and wingers to push back and help out.
When they last met, the Saints won by plenty but the game will be a lot tighter this time around and the Rats will come out on top by nine points.

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Posted on Jun 25 2008

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