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Home-grown depth propels Horsham footballers to 26th senior flag

PRESSURE: Horsham’s Billy Lloyd gets a kick away despite the best efforts of Minyip-Murtoa’s Sam Winfield. The Demons went on to win the grand final 7.19 (61) to Minyip-Murtoa’s 5.7 (37).  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

PRESSURE: Horsham’s Billy Lloyd gets a kick away despite the best efforts of Minyip-Murtoa’s Sam Winfield. The Demons went on to win the grand final 7.19 (61) to Minyip-Murtoa’s 5.7 (37). Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
An ability to tap into family dynasties continues to consolidate Horsham as the annual team to beat in Wimmera Football League.
The Demons proved again on Saturday that fuelling much of its premiership formula were the maroon and blue colours running through the veins of home-grown talent.
Horsham secured its 26th premiership on Saturday, ultimately overwhelming Minyip-Murtoa, and in the process taking many long-time watchers of the game in the region back decades.
Familiar Horsham football names bobbed up everywhere as players from both camps grappled in difficult gale-force conditions as well as against each other.
Leading the charge to what would ultimately become a 24-point victory were the names of Kemp, Hartigan, Lloyd and Mentha, backed up by other familiar surnames such as Wade and Wood.
Dashing Ryan Kemp, the son of running back-flanker of yesteryear Craig, also known as ‘Yogi’, starred on the big stage.
His four-quarter effort set the benchmark for his team, which established a handy lead with a big wind in the opening term, but had to wait until the final quarter to bust the game open.
Just before the start of the game, a mighty limb torn by the wind from one of the ancient redgums at the Dimboola reserve, hit the ground with a mighty rip and thump, narrowly missing parked cars. It reflected what was soon to happen to Minyip-Murtoa’s season.


But Minyip-Murtoa was far from embarrassed and simply failed to seize critical moments late in the game, opening the door for Horsham to pounce.
Winning the toss at the start of the game was massive and while Horsham kicked away with the advantage of the wind, most at the ground would have considered it’s 4.7 to one behind a series of missed opportunity.
Sure enough the Burras, with ruckman Kieran Delahunty taking charge in the air, responded with predictable results, although it, too, failed to capitalise on the full potential of the conditions.
Horsham held a six-point advantage at the main break and when the Burras broke even with the Demons in the critical third term there was an expectation the Dunmunkle crew would finish the stronger of the two.
But it didn’t happen and it was Horsham that adapted best to the conditions and like an experienced sailor on the hunt for the America’s Cup, successfully tacked against the last-term breeze.
The game was far from attractive or spectacular – more of a grind between two equally matched opponents.
Kemp, who won an AFL Medal for his efforts, only marginally shaded Binns medallist Billy Lloyd who seemed to tag-team with brother Matty for much of the contest. While Kemp, the Lloyds and Ben Lakin oozed class and Jack Mentha presented strongly, especially when at half forward, the defensive efforts of bustling Jeremy Hartigan were just as good.
Veteran utility Tim Wade also stood up gamely against the might of a dominant Kieran Delahunty, who won 90 percent of the knock-outs and finished with about 30 disposals.
The Burras were good in patches. Long-sleeved Pat Purcell burst in and out of play, as did left-footer Cooper Bateson and coach Damian Cameron and Clinton Midgley did little wrong out of defence.
But the day belonged to the Demons and Louie Dalziel, who had all but fallen into the coaching role this year.
His playing assistant Deek Roberts appears likely to step into the breach.
Horsham chairman Rod Dumesny said the victory was a great way for the club to finish the season and a just reward for the efforts ranging from the players to coaching, fitness and management leaders.
“The boys knew they had to work hard to win and that’s what they did. Horsham sides never give in and it was fantastic,” he said.
Dean Lawson’s best: Horsham, Ryan Kemp, Billy Lloyd, Jeremy Hartigan, Matty Lloyd, Jack Mentha, Ben Lakin; Minyip-Murtoa, Kieran Delahunty, Pat Purcell, Cooper Bateson, Clinton Midgley, Jordan Delahunty, Damian Cameron.

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