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17 July 2019
By Colin MacGillivray
Pimpinio supporters were in raptures when the final siren blew during Saturday’s Horsham District match against Laharum, delivering the team its first win of the season by a single point.
The Tigers had not tasted victory since last season’s 17-point win against Taylors Lake in round nine, but sensed an opportunity against a Laharum side in freefall since the departure of former coach Robbie Miller.
The Demons beat Pimpinio by 75 points when the sides met in round two, but were on an eight-game losing streak entering round 13.
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Pimpinio took full advantage with six goals to three in the opening half to open up a 13-point lead.
With veterans Daniel Baker and Nathan Clough in the thick of the action and coach Liam Jakobi presenting well up forward in a switch from defence to attack, the Tigers had opportunities to put the game away in the third quarter but managed only five behinds for the term.
It looked as if their misses would come back to haunt them as Laharum mounted a desperate fourth-quarter comeback.
Coach Tom Crawford got the ball rolling with an early goal in the last term, Shannon Emmerton followed it up with another and when the experienced Heath MacInnes slotted his second major of the game the Demons grabbed a one-point lead.
A heartbreaking loss was on the cards for Pimpinio, but the Tigers continued to scrap and send the ball forward.
The team was able to force two more behinds – the second coming off the boot of Brett Hamerston – and then hold Laharum at bay to steal a thrilling 6.10 (46) to 6.9 (45) win.
Daniel Griffiths and emerging ruckman Mitch Horwood were the Demons’ best performers.
Other matches at the weekend saw big wins to Edenhope-Apsley and Kalkee, while Natimuk United and Swifts both won by about three goals.
The Saints were clinical in a 22.20 (152) to 4.7 (31) win against Taylors Lake, putting their stamp on the game from the opening bounce.
Lachie Middleton starred in the midfield for the Saints while Taylor Butler and George Walker feasted up forward with five goals apiece.
Ash Lawson was Taylors Lake’s best on a lean day, helped by Brayden Carra and Trae Martin.
Kalkee took longer to get going but dominated after quarter time in its 11.9 (75) to 3.9 (27) win against Rupanyup.
Matthew Nield and Louis Papst helped lead the charge for the Kees in the midfield, with veteran key forward Josh Beddison booting five goals up forward.
Natimuk United needed to come from behind in a danger game against Jeparit-Rainbow but delivered in spades when it needed to, kicking five goals to none in the fourth quarter to win 9.11 (65) to 6.8 (44).
Despite the strong play of Simon and Heath Clugston and forward Brad Hunter, the Storm was stopped dead in its tracks after building a 14-point lead.
Veteran backman Callum Cameron helped stem the bleeding for the Rams while coach Sam Anson was in everything.
Two goals to Nathan Koenig and singles to Max English, Jaydon Stiles and Jesse Wilkinson in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the home team.
It was a different story for Swifts, who led wire to wire in their 12.10 (82) to 9.9 (63) win against Noradjuha-Quantong.
Liam Scott was the Baggies’ best, while Ryan Folkes and Daniel Parkin did damage on the scoreboard.
Jack Vague and Zane Batson were the Bombers’ top performers.
Noradjuha-Quantong will now face rival Natimuk United in a battle of neighbouring clubs at Quantong.
Edenhope-Apsley will be at home to Harrow-Balmoral, Swifts will host Taylors Lake at Stawell’s North Park, Kalkee will travel to Cameron Oval to face Laharum and Pimpinio will play the Storm at Rainbow.
Rupanyup has a bye.
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