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Powerhouse Harrow-Balmoral stay on track

ROAD TO VICTORY: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Dustin Cross celebrates a goal against Kalkee at the weekend.   Cross was among his sides best players in a confidence-boosting 114 to 94 win. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ROAD TO VICTORY: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Dustin Cross celebrates a goal against Kalkee at the weekend. Cross was among his sides best players in a confidence-boosting 114 to 94 win. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By Colin MacGillivray
Harrow-Balmoral’s Horsham District premiership defence looks airtight as ever after the Roos saw off another potential rival at the weekend.
The team sits atop the ladder, still undefeated, after making light work of Natimuk United in a 15.26 (116) to 6.5 (41) romp at Harrow.
The contest was effectively over at quarter time, with the Roos piling on 6.7 in the opening stanza to the Rams’ one straight goal.
It got little better from there for the visitors, with Harrow-Balmoral winning every quarter despite some wasteful shots at goal.
Most encouraging for the reigning premier was the spread of contributors, with 10 players registering a goal and none kicking more than three.
Ben and Cody Deutscher ran rampant for the Roos, while captain Mick Phelan also played a big role.
Natimuk United spearhead Jaydon Stiles is yet to be held under three goals this season, but with the exception of Nathan Koenig and Jordan Smith, the Rams were kept quiet.

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The win helped underscore Harrow-Balmoral’s premiership favouritism; in its past three games the team has seen off Swifts, Jeparit-Rainbow and Natimuk United – third, fourth and second on the ladder respectively.
The Roos will turn their attention towards Noradjuha-Quantong, the last side in the top six they are yet to play.
The Bombers are coming off their own confidence-boosting victory against Kalkee, kicking away in the last quarter to win 17.12 (114) to 15.4 (94).
Bombers Nathan Byrne and Shane Oakley have been standouts in an up-and-down season and stood up when their team needed them most.
Byrne, who crossed to the club from Horsham Saints during the summer, kicked a goal and found plenty of the ball, while Oakley ended with a bag of five.
At the other end of the ground a seven-goal haul from Kalkee veteran Josh ‘Rock’ Beddison turned back the clock. Beddison – a premiership forward with the Kees before signing with home club Pimpinio in 2016 – returned to the club this year and was outstanding in only his second senior game.
The Kees had a two-goal lead at the main break but could not keep up with the Bombers, who booted eight goals to four in the second half to keep themselves in the thick of the finals race.
While Taylors Lake’s win against Pimpinio had no bearing on finals positioning, it was an emotional day for the home faithful at Dock Lake Reserve.
The Lakers had not tasted victory since round eight, 2017 – a game that was also against Pimpinio.
With both teams winless entering Saturday’s clash, there was plenty on the line.
Pimpinio started strongly, a six-goal opening term giving the visitors a 10-point lead at the first change.
Unfortunately for Pimpinio it could not sustain the effort, as Taylors Lake kicked 12 goals to four in the next three quarters to win 16.16 (112) to 10.3 (63). Mitch Whelan’s six-goal day was one of many standout contributions for the Lakers, with coach Brandon Weatherson booting three and Trae Martin and Dean Harberger getting on top in the midfield. Pimpinio coach Liam Jakobi never stopped trying in defence and midfielder Nathan Clough was gallant, while key forward Dylan Baker did his utmost with a bag of five goals.
Rupanyup also had plenty of reason to cheer with an upset five-point win in a thriller against Jeparit-Rainbow.
The match was neck-and-neck for most of the day, but an 11-point margin established by the Panthers at three quarter time was just enough to hang on for a 12.8 (80) to 12.3 (75) victory.
The usual brilliance of Elliot Kelly was again on display with the midfielder kicking two goals; Trent Grant’s bag of six was also vital. Peter Weir slotted seven for the Storm to take the lead on the league goal kicking table, but couldn’t quite drag the team across the line.
At Edenhope Showground, Swifts spoiled celebrations of the 20-year anniversary of the merger between Edenhope and Apsley with a 7.18 (60) to 6.10 (46) win.
The match was marred by inaccuracy, with only three goals kicked from a combined total of 22 scoring shots in the first half.
It was the Baggies who ultimately stamped their authority on the game with four final-quarter goals to one, led by Jakob Davis and the hard-running Ryan Folkes.
Notably, the Baggies had no multiple goal kickers.
Bernie Kealy was named in an Edenhope-Apsley 20th anniversary team before the game and was among the Saints’ best on the day.
Other current players named in the anniversary team were Taylor Milner, Jak Ryan, Matt Butler and Chris Oliver, who was captain of the side.
Other matches this weekend see the Saints travelling to Rainbow for a match against the Storm, Pimpinio hosting Kalkee, Natimuk United welcoming Rupanyup to Natimuk Showground and Laharum returning from a bye to take on Swifts at Stawell’s North Park.

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