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Potent Laharum forward Jason Przibilla in full flight.

Harrow Balmoral v Rupanyup
Finals football has arrived and Harrow Balmoral will finally get to put their finals demons from last year away by accounting for Rupanyup this week.
Harrow Balmoral has too many players with finals experience and in the end it will be the difference between victory and defeat.
Both sides have very strong spines – the Roos’ Justin McPhee, Heath Watson, Matt Ward, Brent Penny and James Staude look to have the edge over Panthers Zane Bigmore, Jason Kannar, Nigel Greenaway, Brent Flood and Danny Greenaway.
If the Roos can control the corridor, the side should be able to kick a winning score.
Rupanyup will hopefully welcome back key onballer Nathan Sachse this week. Sachse has had a great season and will possibly go head-to-head with Roos strong man Cam Penny.
Penny hasn’t had the best of seasons by his standards but his attack and ferocity at the ball instills a lot of confidence in his teammates.
Rupanyup will again need Bigmore, David Lang and Adam Baker to provide the firepower in the forward line but they will find it a fairly tough task against Max Leeming, Scott Heath and Tom Anson.
There must still be question marks over the fitness of Rupanyup gun Tim Webb. He has missed the majority of the season with a knee injury and after only a couple of games back, he will have to adjust to the quicker pace of finals football.
Harrow Balmoral appears to have the advantage in the height division – Anthony Close and Mick Phelan should be able to win the aerial duels against Matt Webb and give first use of the ball to the likes of Bernie and Matt Ward.
Rupanyup boast a few tough nuts and they will be crucial around the stoppages. Heath and Nathan McNally enjoy the physicality of the game and if the Panthers are to be a chance, hey will be required to hit the packs with a fair degree of force.
We should see a great clash out on the wing between key Panther Drew Tyler and Roos up and coming young gun Callum Hobbs. Tyler oozes class and is a real barometer for the Panthers while Hobbs has become an important part of the Roos side and he will certainly have to be on top of his game to limit the influence of Tyler.
Last time these sides met the Roos gave the Panthers an absolute hiding and although the margin won’t be as great this weekend, the Roos should get over the line and set up a second semi final clash with Kalkee.
Pimpinio v Laharum
The result of this game could well hinge on the availability of Pimpinio coach Matt Everitt.
Everitt has had a serious leg infection recently having spent a fair bit of time in hospital and he must be regarded as doubtful to take the field. His absence will hurt the Tigers.
In his absence the Demons look to have the edge in the middle of the ground and should be able to progress to the first semi final in a tight tussle.
The pivotal clash will occur deep in the Laharum forward line – Jason Przibilla has been in very good form over the last fortnight and if he gets on top of Simon Risson then the Demons will have a productive avenue to goal. If Risson can’t contain Przibilla then the Tigers may have to re-adjust their backline and send Al Ward to fullback and possibly move Daniel Baker back into defence.
At the other end of the ground Pimpinio will look to Matt Stuart, Tim Covey and Glenn Ross to keep the scoreboard ticking over and they may stretch the Demons for height inside their forward fifty.
Brenton Askew, Gerard Matthews and Robbie Miller don’t have the height or bulk to match Stuart or Ross and it may be that Brendan Bryan will be required in the last line of defence.
Laharum needs Glenn Doyle, Ben Peucker and Lucas Smith to win the contests in the middle and get the ball quickly into the open spaces up forward.
Laharum boasts plenty of pace with youngsters Tom Easson, Jason Thompson and Pat Purcell across the centre and Josh Schumann and Jarrod Martin will need to put plenty of defensive pressure on these youngsters when they gain possession.
Last time these sides clashed the Demons kicked one goal for the day but it was the only one kicked as they recorded a bizarre victory. Both sides wouldn’t take a lot from that clash but for me the Demons just seem to be playing a little bit better football and this should see them get another game in season 2009.

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Posted on Aug 26 2009

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