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Harrow-Balmoral under the spotlight

CONTEST: Left, Taylors Lake big man Jordan Wakeling, above, grabs Harrow-Balmoral star Jandre Slabbert in the Roos’ 64-point win over the Lakers. Below,  Roo Callum Hobbs gets away from Jake McRae of Taylors Lake. Pictures: WILLAMY IMAGES

CONTEST: Taylors Lake big man Jordan Wakeling grabs Harrow-Balmoral star Jandre Slabbert in the Roos’ 64-point win over the Lakers. Pictures: WILLAMY IMAGES


To say the next two weeks will tell us whether Harrow-Balmoral is a premiership contender or pretender in Horsham District Football League  is an understatement.

After cementing third spot last week, the Southern Roos have to front up to the top two contenders in the next fortnight.

It was only the last quarter last week against Taylors Lake that the Roos were able to blow the game open, although poor kicking kept the Lakers in the contest.

This week at Harrow is where it will all happen when Kalkee makes the visit. The battle in the middle of the ground will be fascinating.

Callum Hobbs was in brilliant form last week. The tough midfielder racked up close to 40 possessions and pushed forward to kick four goals. He will be pivotal to Harrow-Balmoral’s chances this week.

Kalkee disposed of Swifts last week with a minimum of fuss.

Youngster Matt Nield has become a key component in the middle and is now putting pressure on the opposition by pushing forward and kicking goals.

With Steve Schultz and Zav Hobbs doing a lot of hard work at the stoppages, the Kees will back themselves to counter the Roos. Mick Phelan and Anthony Close should give the Roos the edge in the air but the Roos look a little short of height in the back half. This is where the Kees will pounce.

It’s hard to see how the Roos can match Josh Beddison, Ben Harrison and Ben Lawson and the trio should be able to see the Kees home.

Wooden spoon

This week wooden spoon favouritism will fall on the shoulders of the loser of a Pimpinio and Rupanyup clash.

Pimpinio was on the receiving end of a big loss and its confidence will be a little dented after the last fortnight.

Its opponent Rupanyup ran all over the top of Edenhope-Apsley with a five-goal last quarter to gain reward for its previous three weeks of football.

The Panthers’ best players stood up when required last week. David Lang was dangerous across half forward and Daniel Schaper, Paul Trotter and Jordan May saw plenty of the football.

If the red and blue are going to escape the clutches of the wooden spoon, then the quartet will again need to be at the forefront.

Pimpinio’s veterans have been leading from the front.  Shanan Baker will expect to get first hands on the ball and if Matt Ward and Stevie Thomas feed off him, the Tiger forwards might see enough of the football to apply scoreboard pressure against the Panthers.

Neither side boasts a dominant forward capable of kicking a big bag so it will be a battle of the small forwards and midfielders to kick their side a winning score.

Saints and Rams

Edenhope-Apsley travels up the highway again this week but only have to go as far as Natimuk. Unfortunately for the Saints any faint hopes they had for finals action disappeared with an ordinary performance against Rupanyup last week.

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Posted on Jul 30 2015

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