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Horsham District pacesetters Harrow-Balmoral, Kalkee to clash

ON THE PROWL: Rupanyup’s Elliot Kelly, left, prepares to pounce on the ball as team-mate Ty Maher holds out Natimuk United’s Will Ridsdale during a Horsham District football match at Rupanyup.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ON THE PROWL: Rupanyup’s Elliot Kelly, left, prepares to pounce on the ball as team-mate Ty Maher holds out Natimuk United’s Will Ridsdale during a Horsham District football match at Rupanyup.

There are times in a season when someone draws a line in the sand and that moment might well be at Kalkee in Horsham District football on Saturday.
Top teams Harrow-Balmoral and Kalkee, sitting on equal points with Harrow-Balmoral marginally ahead on percentage, will square off in what shapes as easily match of the round.
Both teams have won 10 of their 11 games this season. Interestingly, Harrow-Balmoral’s only loss came against Jeparit-Rainbow in early June, while Kalkee’s only disappointment came at the hands of the Southern Roos in round three.
The mid-winter clash between the arch protagonists this weekend could well be the preview of the season finale.
The teams have had wildly different preparations coming into the contest – Kalkee had to endure a dogfight to win against a willing Edenhope-Apsley while Harrow-Balmoral kicked an astonishing 42.23 in a 273-point win over Taylors Lake.
It’s hard to read into what it all means, but what we do know is that Jasper Gunn, Simon Hobbs and Hugo and Louis Papst were in the vanguard in the Kees’ gritty win.
We also know that Simon Close kicked a whopping 14 goals, Ed Ferguson five and Todd Lawrence and coach Nick Pekin four each in the Roos’ thumping win over the Lakers. Will Plush and Cody Deutscher also shone.
The circumstance suggests a big crowd will set the GPS for Blue Ribbon Road.
While the Kees and Roos generate plenty of attention, a fresh level of interest will gather around a clash between Swifts and Rupanyup at
Stawell’s North Park.
Panthers in mix
Rupanyup certainly upset the proverbial apple cart when it beat Natimuk United last week, while Swifts flexed its muscles against Pimpinio.
Rupanyup’s 15-point win over the Rams came from nowhere and has put the Panthers back into the finals equation.
Elliot Kelly, Daniel Schaper, Matt Tickner, Aaron Matthews and Ty Maher all had a say in Rupanyup’s efforts to hold on and collect critical points.
In contrast, Swifts parried for a quarter with Pimpinio before producing a 10-goal second term and 15-goal second half.
Zach Salmi enjoyed a day out, kicking 11 goals, and others such as Ryan Folkes, Jakob and Josh Davis and Matt Bourke impressed.
A win is imperative for the Panthers, who will also watch with interest to see what happens between Natimuk United and Edenhope-Apsley at Natimuk.
The sixth-placed Rams will be nervous while the fifth-placed Saints will be keen to bounce back after a loss.
Dale Smith, Jak Ryan, Taylor Milner and Jeremy Kealy made life tough for the Kees last week, while Garry Hallam and Nathan Koenig won best-player honours for the Rams and Jaydon Stiles kicked five goals.
But the intrigue surrounding this weekend doesn’t end there.
Third-placed Jeparit-Rainbow, which survived a major scare to the tune of three points against Noradjuha-
Quantong last week, takes on Laharum coming back from a bye and also still in the hunt for a finals spot.
Jeparit-Rainbow leaders would have asked plenty of questions after the Bombers, courtesy of the efforts of players including Jack Vague, Dustin Cross and Evan Dorrington, came home strongly and outscored the Storm in the second half.
Jeparit-Rainbow players to find their names on vote cards last week were Luke Murphy, Sam Cranna, Brad Hunter and Tyler Edelsten.

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