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Golden opportunity for Southern Mallee Giants during Wimmera league battle with Horsham

SLIPPING AWAY: Southern Mallee Giants’ Liam Price breaks away with Minyip-Murtoa’s Luke Chamberlain in hot pursuit during Wimmera Football League action at Minyip. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SLIPPING AWAY: Southern Mallee Giants’ Liam Price breaks away with Minyip-Murtoa’s Luke Chamberlain in hot pursuit during Wimmera Football League action at Minyip. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Southern Mallee Giants have an opportunity to make perhaps their biggest impression on Wimmera Football League when they meet Horsham on Saturday.
The Giants are floating in the top five below the ladder-leading Demons and Ararat, but will take on the reigning premier at Beulah primed to take another major scalp.
The northern powerhouse was all over Minyip-Murtoa at Minyip last week, breaking out to an early lead, holding a winning pattern for much of the contest and then scooting to the line.
The result was more than a simple win and four points – it was a comprehensive 41-point victory.
At the same time Horsham did the predictable by scoring a crushing victory over struggling Dimboola and now travels north for an acid test.
There were some familiar names gracing the Giants’ best-player list last week, with Haydn Drew leading the top six ahead of Lou White, Liam Price and Tyler Lehmann. Leigh Stewart and Clint Burdett also featured.
For the Demons, in their 165-point win, there were also familiar players headlining the victory.
Ben Lakin continued to impress, premiership gun Ryan Kemp kicked eight goals and coach Deek Roberts was in everything. Alex Harfield impressed again, as did Billy Carberry and Brodie Mines.
There is a significant psychological advantage up for grabs at Beulah and the contest should be intense.
Battle for fifth
Minyip-Murtoa will play Warrack Eagles and if the contest follows form the Burras will experience another painful loss.
The Burras are holding fifth spot on the ladder by percentage only from the Eagles, who will be hungry to dislodge their rivals.
While coach Damian Cameron and experienced Luke Chamberlain and John Delahunty worked hard against the Giants last week, the Eagles dashed early Nhill hopes of an upset at Warracknabeal’s Anzac Park.
Nhill shot out of the blocks against the home side to lead by four goals at quarter time but watched the game slip from its grasp. In the end, Warrack Eagles won by more than eight goals, Nick Peters and Ryan McKenzie starring in the overwhelming fightback and Josh Bibby, Riley Morrow and Shannon Argall also key players in the win.
Neither the Eagles nor Burras can afford to drop Saturday’s game, suggesting the contest will be willing from the opening whistle.

Southern Mallee Giants’ Tyler Lehmann is a picture of grim determination as he breaks clear of Minyip-Murtoa coach Damian Cameron during a Wimmera Football League clash at Minyip. The Giants, in shifting up a gear in a run to the finals, were too good for the Burras and now face a mighty challenge of toppling ladder leader Horsham at Beulah. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Southern Mallee Giants’ Tyler Lehmann is a picture of grim determination as he breaks clear of Minyip-Murtoa coach Damian Cameron during a Wimmera Football League clash at Minyip. The Giants, in shifting up a gear in a run to the finals, were too good for the Burras and now face a mighty challenge of toppling ladder leader Horsham at Beulah.
 Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Nhill will get a fresh chance of trying to claw back a win when it meets Stawell at Nhill. It remains to be seen whether last week’s result has much of an impact on how the Tigers perform on Saturday.
Last week the likes of Stephen Craig, Jake Harrap, Austin Merrett and Mitch Borgelt flew the blue and gold flag.
Stawell had a bye last week so starts afresh and needs to win because it is still well and truly in the hunt for a top-five spot.
At Dimboola, there seems little doubt that Ararat will strengthen its position on the ladder with a win over Dimboola.
The Rats powered home in a test against Horsham Saints last outing, Dan Mendes, Harry and Jack Ganley and Adam Haslett shining in the 73-point win, Jack Ganley and Lachie Hamilton also kicking four goals each.
The Saints had Jacob O’Beirne, Sam Clyne and Angus Gove playing well and will watch from the sidelines this week comfortable in the fact they are sitting clear in fourth spot.
Regional football eyes meanwhile are focused on Dimboola and what the immediate future holds for the Roos.
Dimboola has scored only 238 points from 10 games so far this season despite efforts last week of Josh Edgar, Mitch Jorgensen and valiant coach Al McKinnon.

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