24 May, 2024

Demons and Saints battle in match of the round

Netball in round seven of the Horsham District Football Netball League is going to be hotly contested with some tight matches expected.

By Chris Graetz

Tigers' Holly Ross has been one of their best players this season.
Tigers' Holly Ross has been one of their best players this season.

The match of the round this week features Edenhope Apsley hosting Laharum in what is shaping up to be a cracker of a match.

Laharum is entering the contest unbeaten, but the big news is they are missing both Emalie and Maddie Iredell due to a CrossFit comp in Brisbane alongside Mel Russell, who has been great through the midcourt this year for the Demons.

Edenhope Apsley is currently fifth on the ladder with four wins and will sniff an upset. Laharum may be missing key players, but they still have quality, led by Caitlin Jones-Story who has scored 232 goals for the season. If they can stop her impact, it will go a long way to winning the match.

Pimpinio travels to Quantong to face a Bombers team that has lost their last two matches. With the pressure off and a win under their belts, the Tigers have their tails up and will sniff out a win against a team that is looking a bit vulnerable.

A win would be massive for the Tigers, but it will need a four-quarter performance and some excellent shooting again from Jayde and Lana Ellis. Holly Ross, who has had a tremendous start to the season could have the job on Shannon Couch, and limiting her impact is important, whoever gets the job on her, is vital as she has scored 181 goals for the season.

Things don't get easier for the Southern Roos as they host a Rupanyup team that is not only looking good but vying for the premiership.

The youngsters have learned from last week's loss to Laharum and will get another good opportunity to learn from one of the best teams in the competition.

Rupanyup coach Jedda Heard said they need to keep improving.

"We had a good game last week but we don't want to back backward. We need to keep working on this momentum going forward and keeping the intensity and not dropping off," Heard said.

Southern Roos coach Emily Langley said they will be better prepared from last week's encounter against Laharum.

"It was a tough hitout. We learned a lot and playing another top team will be good to see what we have learned," Langley said.

In the other two games, Kalkee will look to get the job done against Taylors Lake at Dock Lake Recreation Reserve whilst Natimuk hosts the Swifts at Natimuk Showgrounds in what is a danger-game for the Swifts as the Rams are fresh from the bye.


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