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Classy Demons will outgun Roos

WET CONDITIONS: John-Paul Manserra is just one of many Saints onball players that are in form and will prove a headache for Nhill.

Horsham v Dimboola (City Oval, Saturday)
Horsham will welcome Dimboola to the City Oval and that’s just about where the pleasantries will end.
The Demons will pack too many guns for the young Roos, who may be without key defender Josh Cook who suffered a knee injury against the Tigers last week.
Dimboola coach Gary Davidson said the injury was a week to week proposition. “Josh has a dodgy knee that he just has to manage carefully,” he said.
Horsham coach Stuart Farr said he was likely to rest his injured calf this week but David Johns would make a welcome return. “I did my calf about eight weeks ago, and this latest injury may be related because it is in a different spot behind the calf muscle itself,” he said.
“I visited a doctor in Melbourne and he said maybe two weeks but could be as much as eight. We’ll just keep working to the program that has been set and see what happens.”
The Roos struggled in the arctic conditions last week to kick three goals and they won’t get any favors from the hard as nails Horsham defence led by Terry Arnel, Jeremy Hartigan and Luke Spasic.
The Demons midfield with Brad Hartigan, Jason Kerr, Marcus Anson and Nathan Kelly is in good form while the impending return of the monolith Johns will only strengthen an already formidable forward line.
Al McKinnon, Clancy Bennett and Daniel Greig will give their all for four quarters for the Roos but they will be overwhelmed by the Demons class. Horsham to win by 78 points.
Stawell v Minyip Murtoa (Central Park, Saturday)
With Stawell chalking up their first win of the season last week and the Kookaburras going down to the Eagles this game takes on greater importance for both teams.
The Warriors covered their forward line deficiencies with big Shane Field last week who kicked four goals, while their onballers in Daniel Parkin, Paul Hanns, Jack Duke and Adam Taylor pushed forward to assist.
The Kookaburras struggled after quarter time against the Eagles to get anything happening only kicking four goals and this must be concerning coach Craig Wilson as they are only averaging 60 points per game after three matches.
Warriors coach Brad Cassidy was pleased with his players’ endeavours in their win. “We needed to up our intensity and get our heads over the ball and this is what I was pleased with,” he said.
Kookaburras coach Craig Wilson while disappointed not to get the points was pleased with his team’s fighting abilities last week. “Adam Carter doing a hamstring, Clinton Midgley getting knocked out and Hughie Ladlow breaking a collarbone didn’t help but we fought our backsides off to keep the damage to only 20 points,” he said.
Wilson said he would have to make some changes for this week. “Scott Arnold, David Byrne and Dean Toet all played well in the reserves and should be in the mix but we need someone who can put their hand up and kick a score for us, as we will probably err on the side of caution with Midgley,” he said.
The Kookaburras seem to be better off with class players like Chris and John Delahunty, Lenny Clark and Wilson in form while the Warriors will ask plenty of Ben Williamson, Daniel Parkin, Brent Tuckey and Paul Hanns.
Very little will separate the two teams all day with maybe the Kookaburras getting their noses in front when it counts to win by 13 points.
Horsham Saints v Nhill (City Oval, Sunday)
Horsham Saints make their third trip to City Oval in succession to do battle with Nhill. The Saints were good in disposing of the Diggers last week while the Tigers got a much-needed win on the board even though it took a half of footy to find the right gear.
Saints coach Brendan Broadbent was pleased with the overall team performance. “Everyone contributed from our midfield to our forwards and our defence was terrific,” he said.
“We have more players we can rotate through the middle of the ground now and their more mature bodies help, as they aren’t being brushed aside as easily as they were in recent seasons.”
Nhill coach Sean Bayzand was pleased his team finally got their game plan going. “We kept attacking on the wrong side of the ground but once we got that right and we started to tackle at every chance, things started to fall into place for us,” he said.
“Our objective is to lay 20 effective tackles per quarter and for the first time last week we did that for four quarters.”
The Saints have Gavin Kelm firing up forward in the absence of Matt Combe and the veteran has been playing like a new man, while his brother in law Harry Denson hasn’t wasted any time finding his niche in Wimmera footy.
These two receive good supply from a midfield of Matt Hoe, Nathan Clough, Jai Pumphrey and Heath Kelm who are in such great form they have been selected in the interleague squad.
The Tigers have some in form players of their own including Chris Ladhams, Aaron Beer, Simon Mock, Bayzand and Andy Watson.
The Saints are playing with confidence and belief and this will get them over the line against a Tiger line up that will fight all the way. The Saints to win a close contest by 11 points.
Warrack Eagles v Horsham United (Anzac Park, Saturday)
Warrack Eagles welcome Horsham United to Anzac Park in what looms as a danger game for the Eagles.
The Diggers were off the boil last week after showing so much the week before and you would expect coach Guy Smith to have his team primed for a massive effort.
The Eagles will miss Zane Jess who has done a hamstring while Shannon Jess will be given every opportunity to get his injured arm right.
Eagles coach Harvey Lang said all the good work on the training track in the past month came to fruition against the Kookaburras. “Our third quarter where we held them with the wind, while we kicked two against it, was the key,” he said.
“We ran the ball well and controlled the play, which was testament to the boys’ concentration and willingness to work hard for each other.”
The Diggers will welcome back key defender Liam Offer and possibly Matt Williams, but will miss midfielder Nigel Sibson, who looks like he will miss the remainder of the season with a badly broken arm and forward Kye Chapple who will be unavailable.
The difference between the two teams will come down to the class and skill of the Eagles midfield brigade headed by Kyle and Todd George, Brad and Dan Krahe and Heath Schulz.
Both teams have in form defenders in Jake Cheney and Andrew Bell for the Eagles and Tim Friend and Justin Garth for the Diggers.
The Eagles to pack too many guns in the midfield and win by 37 points.

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Posted on Apr 29 2009

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