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Horsham District football: Can the upsets continue?

Jeparit-Rainbow's Tyler Edelsten evades Taylors Lake's Ben Roberts during their elimination final clash on Sunday. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

Jeparit-Rainbow’s Tyler Edelsten evades Taylors Lake’s Ben Roberts during their elimination final clash on Sunday. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


Round one of Horsham District football League finals action resulted in one massive upset.

The 15-win, five-loss record that Kalkee had over Harrow Balmoral became 15 wins and six losses, as the Southern Roos ran all over the Kees to record a comfortable 21-point qualifying final victory.

The margin would have been even greater had the Roos kicked straighter.

Harrow-Balmoral now moves into a second semi-final confrontation against premiership favourite Laharum at Taylors Lake on Saturday.

Harrow-Balmoral will enter the contest against the Demons knowing it can hold the Demons defensively.

But the big question is whether it can kick enough goals to put Laharum under pressure.

In both meetings this season the Roos have held the Demons to 14 goals, but the issue is they have only kicked nine goals and three goals in their two meetings.

If Harrow-Balmoral is going to create a second big upset in a week, it simply has to dominate the middle of the ground and the stoppages.

Callum Hobbs, Will Plush and Eric Guthrie are the pivotal trio at ground level the Roos will rely on. All three win the hard ball and push hard both offensively and defensively to help team-mates.

Opposing them is a Laharum on-ball unit that boasts a bit of talent of its own.

Robbie Miller is tough and uncompromising and gives nothing away, and Elliot Braithwaite and Pat Easson are both willing lieutenants who often slip under the opposition’s guard.

Laharum will rely on key ruckman Shannon Argall to control the air. Argall is one of the dominant ruckmen in the league and, if he is allowed to take marks at will around the ground, Laharum’s small men will come alive.

Argall will however have plenty to contend with. Anthony Close is likely to start in the middle and will look to push forward to make Argall accountable in the Roos’ forward half. The Roos can call on Mick Phelan and swingman Jandre Slabbert to combat Argall when Close needs a rest.

Laharum possesses a huge advantage inside its forward 50-metre arc, boasting multiple goal-kickers Jason Przibilla and Joe Harrison, who have each kicked more than 65 goals this season.

Mark Dorward and Rhys Bennett have also passed the 40-goal mark. If one is held, the others often pick up the slack.

Get the full story in the August 26, 2015 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.


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