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Demons to win anticipated clash

Horsham''s Luke Carr fires out a handball during an earlier game this season. He is one avenue to goal for the Demons when they take on Warrack Eagles.

Horsham v Warrack Eagles
One of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the Wes Davidson Real Estate Wimmera League season sees Horsham welcome Warrack Eagles to the City Oval.
Both teams go into the match on the back of solid victories, where they had to work all day to gain the four points.
The interleague break came at a good time for both teams. Horsham coach Stuart Farr has been able to give his back and calf a good rest, not to mention his nose, while Luke Spasic, Aaron Barnett, Michael O’Callaghan and Jake Ward are likely to come into contention for selection.
For the Eagles onballer Dan Krahe’s troublesome groins would have benefited from the rest.
The Horsham team looks well served for goalkickers. Power forwards like David Johns, Luke Carr and Jordyn Burke will command quality defenders, which the Eagles don’t appear to have besides Andrew Bell.
The Eagles midfielders are hard at it and will probably shade their Demon counterparts. Kyle and Todd George were both good in the interleague game last week and will look to carry that form into this game.
Marcus Anson, Jack Atkin-Smith, Jason Kerr and Nathan Kelly are also keen to show just how good they are.
The Eagles need Cade Wellington, veteran Paul Okely and Brad Krahe to weave some magic in the Eagles forward line to enable them to kick a winning score.
Horsham seems better off in the front half and this could prove the difference in the end in what appears likely to be one of the games of the season. Horsham will win a close contest by 12 points.
Stawell v Nhill
Both teams are looking for their second win of the season, making this game another beauty.
Nhill coach Sean Bayzand has had his eyes on this game for the past fortnight. “We have been focussing on this for the past two weeks, as we need to turn our season around if we want to play finals,” he said.
Bayzand is expecting selection to be tough for this game. “We have a full list to choose from and everyone will come into consideration,” he said.
Bayzand wouldn’t be surprised if one of Nhill’s favourite sons breaks into the team. “Ritchie Dodds has got the bug back again and has been training the house down. He would be another avenue in our attack either at centre half forward or in a forward pocket,” he said.
Stawell coach Brad Cassidy believes the interleague game will prove a bonus for his club. “The way Jack Duke, Daniel Parkin and Shane Field performed against Western Border and the experience they would have gained will only stand our players in good stead. They will bring great leadership back to the club,” he said.
Cassidy will take a fresh outfit into the game. “I told the boys to take the week off last week, because we have a solid seven weeks ahead of us, with four home games in that time – we need to win.”
The dilemma Cassidy has is how best to use Daniel Parkin. Parkin can play onball but his best position would be off half back where he can run and carry and create using his silky skills.
This is something Sean Bayzand will have to be wary of, along with placing a hard tag on potential matchwinner Jack Duke.
Very little will separate the two teams. If Dodds comes back for the Tigers, this will free Daniel Hargraves to be a more dangerous forward and this is where the difference could be. Nhill to sneak in by 11 points.
Dimboola v Horsham Saints
The Horsham Saints will take to the Dimboola Recreation Reserve safe in the knowledge that if they are slightly off their game, the Roos could cause an upset.
What the Roos lack in class they make up for in endeavour as they are superbly led by Al McKinnon, Clancy Bennett, Bernard Ward and Daniel Greig.
The Saints have Gavin Kelm, Patrick Knott, Phil Butsch and Heath Kelm in good form, while Josh Burgess and Matt Combe are slowly gaining valuable match fitness, adding a degree of potency to the Saints forward line.
What Roos coach Gary Davidson would give for a small half forward type who can read the play and kick crumbing goals. Ward and Alex McKenzie provide good targets up forward but a crumber would compliment these two nicely. Maybe Ash Avery could push forward more to be that small forward.
The Saints should come out on top as their leaders will ensure no complacency within their group, win by 37 points and set up a much anticipated showdown with the Eagles next week.
Ararat v Horsham United
If Stawell and Nhill is an eight point game so to is this Sunday’s clash between the Rats and Diggers.
The competition for the fifth spot on the ladder is one that will be on in earnest all season and these types of games are ‘just must win games’ for the respective teams.
Neither team will want to look back at the end of the season and say "if only," should they lose this game.
The Diggers have been handed a ‘get out of jail free’ card with the suspension of key backman Peter Thompson after the interleague game.
This means the Rats will need to take one of their taller players either out of the ruck or up forward to go back to either Justin Garth or Kye Chapple.
The Diggers will look to inform ruckman Tim Wade to give onballers Brendan McDonald, Nathan Byrne, Rohan Adams and Tanner Wills first use out of the middle, while Luke Chamberlain and Tim Friend are also in good form across half back.
Alan Batchelor, Jarrod Searle and Tom Cashin will give the Rats plenty of drive, while Mick Fratin will be a good target up forward.
The wide open spaces of Alexandra Oval will suit both teams, as they like to run and carry and have the skills to hit leading targets.
With Thompson out for the Rats it leaves a huge hole they won’t be able to cover and the Diggers should win an entertaining game by 15 points.

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Posted on May 27 2009

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