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WFL FINALS: Horsham Demons hungry for action

Tyler Blake, H, Horsham vs Dimboola.

Tyler Blake.

Horsham is busy preparing for another Wimmera Football League finals campaign and its form leading into the season climax has been ominous.
The Demons are building confidence by establishing consistent structures as the season has progressed and will be hard to beat when it matters.
History and simple circumstance dictates that the Demons are always under pressure to perform well in finals and in most cases they usually do.
What’s different about Horsham this year is the Demons have a good balance of experience and youth, talls and smalls and strength and smarts.
The Demons won’t have been disappointed by playing second fiddle to Minyip-Murtoa all year and will enter the finals as strong contenders to win another flag.
Horsham’s primary strength is its fluency of ball movement from the backline to deep inside its forward 50.
It has ball carriers aplenty, each with skills they bring to the contest.
This Horsham running element is fuelled from defence from the likes of Ben Lakin and Brad Hartigan who link through the middle of the ground with Simon Hobbs, who has had stellar year as Horsham’s most complete on-baller.
Beau Cross on a wing and balanced rover Jack Mentha play key roles through the middle.
Toohey Medallist Billy Lloyd would be looking forward to the finals and it is important to note the form of enigmatic but stylish Tyler Blake has been good in lead-up games.
Horsham’s run probes deeply into attack with a forward line full of options and, unlike the past, the Demons are far from relying on solitary goal-kicking options.
Super-fit finals veteran Joel Geue still enjoys running in to kick a match-turning goal and as a result has been the competition’s leading goal-kicker.
Then there is Ryan Kemp, a top goal-kicking foil for Geue, while John Wood and veteran Josh Mibus provide strong marking options.
Eye-catching assistant coach Deek Roberts provides the polish at the bottom of the packs and delivers the ball with exceptional skills on both sides of the body.
When it comes to defence, one of Horsham’s biggest assets is the old-fashioned player every-
one enjoys watching – Rhona Conboy.
Conboy’s straight-line attack on the ball in the air and on the ground always forces opposition forwards to work just that little bit harder to earn a touch.
In summary, Horsham’s finals success will be all about how well the team performs as a whole and in its structures.
The Demons have plenty of individual match-winners but far from rely on individuals.

Horsham’s road
to the finals
Coach: Louie Dalziel
Round 1:
W. 14.11 (95) d Horsham Saints 7.11 (53). Home.
Round 2: W. 19.19 (133) d Ararat 6.3 (39). Away.
Round 3: W. 17.10 (112) d Stawell 12.5 (77). Home.
Round 4: W. 17.16 (118) d Nhill 9.12 (66). Away.
Round 5: W. 20.25 (145) d Dimboola 5.4 (34). Home.
Round 6: L. 5.12 (42) lost to Minyip-Murtoa 11.12 (78). Home. **
Round 7: W. 16.13 (109) d Warrack Eagles 9.11 (65). Away.
Round 8: W. 11.13 (79) d Horsham Saints 1.10 (16). Away.
Round 9: W. 17.11 (113) d Ararat 5.7 (37). Home.Round 10: W. 16.13 (109) d Stawell 8.7 (55). Away.
Round 11: W. 24.14 (158) d Nhill 9.5 (59). Home.
Round 12: W. 26.24 (180) d Dimboola 6.4 (40). Away. *
Round 13: W. 6.17 (53) d Minyip-Murtoa 9.8 (62). Away.
Round 14: W. 16.16 (112) d Warrack Eagles 9.15 (69). Home.
Round 15: W. 17.20 (122) d Stawell 1.2 (8). Away.
Round 16: W. 12.12 (84) d Minyip-Murtoa 5.10 (40). Home.
* Highest score. ** Lowest score.
Total: Won: 14. Lost: 2. For: 1764. Against: 798. Points: 56. Percentage: 221.05
Leading goal-kickers
Joel Geue 57, Deek Roberts 37, Ryan Kemp 36.

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