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Bombers ready to set sail

GOALKICKER: Jordan Huff adds to Noradjuha-Quantong’s firepower, booting four goals in his side’s two hitouts this season. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

By DEAN LAWSON
Noradjuha-Quantong will seriously consider itself a Horsham District Football League premiership threat when it sneaks across the line with a landmark victory over Harrow-Balmoral on Saturday.
The Bombers have had time to settle after an awkward start to the season and will use a home-ground advantage to snatch a five-point win.
A win against reigning premier Kalkee would have the Bombers pumping and two big scalps in a row would set a mighty launching pad for the rest of the season.
Harrow-Balmoral continues to be a force and also enters the game on the end of a win, firming up the contest as match of the round.
Harrow-Balmoral has quietly gone about its business, cashing in on the improvement of young players who are standing tall alongside their more experienced team-mates.
The game might come down to firepower, which might lean in favour of the visitors but Noradjuha-Quantong has a lot of handy recruits this year and will improve as the season progresses.
Strongly-built Tom Cooper led the way in the Bombers’ victory over Kalkee last outing and had plenty of mates in the action including Shane Oakley, Jordan Huff, Dennis Adams and Corey Price.
The Southern Roos, meanwhile, will be keen for Hamish Ellis, Josh Vickery and William Plush to continue good form.
Another fascinating contest will unfold at Kalkee where the wounded Kees will regroup to take on Laharum.
Early-season form suggests Laharum might be favourite to win but Kalkee might have weathered the hardest storm in the first two games.
Laharum would be unwise to underestimate the reigning premier which remains a quality side and only needs momentum to spark.
Laharum will have collected new-found confidence after beating Edenhope-Apsley but Kalkee will bounce back and win by 25 points.
There are some ripper young players in both camps. Fans are getting used to see Robbie Miller get the ball for the Mountain Men and let’s not forget the skills of Ben Lawson and Riley McFarlane at Kalkee.
Desperate
While Laharum and Kalkee trade goals near Horsham, Edenhope-Apsley will enjoy the lion’s share of six-pointers against Pimpinio at Apsley.
This game could be one-sided considering the Saints are coming off an unexpected loss to Laharum and desperate to strongly return to the winners’ list.
If ruckman Michael Ryan is available this week, it could be an unpleasant day for the young Tigers. Pimpinio has a young side set to go through the pain and hardening process of rebuilding and needs to rally around its experienced players.
Harry McLennan and Chris Oliver won best-player honours for the young Saints in the team’s last outing but coach Brian Cassidy will ask for an across-the-board effort from all in his team.
Pimpinio has hard-working players in Tim Ballinger and Jarred Martin and Darcy O’Connor adds a touch of skill to the group but the home side will win by 53 points.
Impressive
Natimuk celebrated by beating Pimpinio last round but will find itself on the other end of the stick against an impressive Swifts.
Unfortunately for the Rams they are coming up against one of the league’s big improvers who are on a roll and won’t stop for a second glance this weekend.
Swifts loom as the real deal and barring injuries will give the premiership a mighty shake.
Swifts ability to produce a string of goal-kickers is perhaps the Baggies’ biggest weapon. Even with Jeremy Joiner off the ground last run, the Stawell-based group extracted goals from Adam Taylor and Jason Carey.
Natimuk’s home-ground advantage and the efforts of Ash Pekin, Simon Mentz and Taylor Milner might prevent the game from being a huge blowout but Swifts will still win by 70 points.
Taylors Lake will finally get on the board by beating Rupanyup at Rupanyup.
Who would have thought? The Lakers winless after two rounds despite some big-name recruits in the line-up this year.
The Lakers are still primed for a big year but are obviously taking some time to gel.
Goals are coming from Gavin Kelm and Adam Hall and Deek Roberts, Luke Carr and Heath Kelm have been good but the Lakers need a scalp.
Rupanyup lacks the depth to push the Lakers but might be okay with quality players such as Tim Webb, Paul Trotter, Mark Tickner and Nathan Sachse to lead the way.
Taylors Lake will win by 42 points.

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Posted on Apr 27 2011

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