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HDFNL| Round 7: Storm to breathe easy after tough run

GUN: While Taylors Lake gun forward Gavin Kelm is the team’s main avenue to goal, other players need to step up to share the load. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

GUN: While Taylors Lake gun forward Gavin Kelm is the team’s main avenue to goal, other players need to step up to share the load. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


By GRANT KUCHEL
After massive challenges in recent weeks, Jeparit-Rainbow gets to take a deep breath as it meets Horsham District league’s second-bottom side, Natimuk United.
Fresh off a top of the table defeat, the Storm will no doubt come out firing this week and Natimuk United will suffer the consequences as Peter Weir and Ashley Clugston hit the scoreboard regularly.
Natimuk United continues to blood youngsters in the wake of a stream of injuries. Riley Jervis became the latest youngster to put his hand up and show his class and along with Alex Risdale and Callum Cameron, led the way in the Rams’ narrow loss to Rupanyup.
Jeparit-Rainbow is a contender thanks to its classy midfield, led by big man Sam Cranna, skilled Chris Meyer, Nathan Cocks and Elliott Bath. With utilities Tyler ‘Brynne’ Edelsten, Luke Murphy and Ben Marra picking up plenty of possessions the Storm will bounce back into the winners circle pretty easily.
Poles apart
Grand finalists from two years ago Laharum and Swifts meet this week. The chasm between the sides is wider than the Grand Canyon, with the Demons still sitting near the top of the ladder and Swifts taking a nosedive towards the bottom.
Laharum continues to have a bountiful amount of forwards impacting the scoreboard. Tom Crawford bobbed up last game with six majors while Ben Peucker and Joe Harrison continue to add to their tallies.
At the opposite end of the ground, Andrew Cameron has been the one shining forward for the Baggies and unless he kicks a handful each week the side has struggled to be ultra competitive.
The good news for Swifts is that prime movers Scott Carey, Sean Mantell and Jake Goodes all are in good form. They will need to be at their best to combat the likes of Cam Streeter, Robbie Miller and Cam Bruce, but the Demons boast far too much depth for the Baggies and will continue to cement their place in the top two.
Kee clash
Match of the round takes place at Apsley where Kalkee pays a visit to host Edenhope-Apsley.
Kalkee would be buoyant after a nail-biting win over fellow finals aspirant Harrow-Balmoral last outing. With backman-come-forward Josh Mibus landing four majors last week and Steve Schultz and Adam Carter lurking in the forward line, the Saints will be in for a tough battle. Chris Oliver will be critical for the Saints in his role across half-back, while Michael Rowe will need to give first use of the ball to Bernard Kealy and Sam McClure.
The biggest question mark facing the Saints is whether George Walker and Brad Burgess can get enough supply to continue to kick a winning score against a defence led by Ben Harrison and Brendan Hobbs.

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Posted on May 25 2016

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