Harrow-Balmoral v Rupanyup
Ground: Harrow Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: G. Lane and T. Pritchett.
Last time they met: Round 10, 2013. Harrow-Balmoral 15.13 (103) drew Rupanyup 16.7 (103).
THE Horsham District football season starts on Saturday, but Harrow-Balmoral and Rupanyup’s coaches are both using the same cricket analogy ahead of their round one meeting.
Both Roo coach Brent Forsyth and the Panthers’ Mick Finnigan realise the importance of an early win for their sides.
“It’s the old cricket term – if you can get runs on the board at the start, it makes things a lot easier,” Forsyth said.
Finnigan also used the term runs on the board when speaking of his team’s ambitions.
“We’re certainly mindful of the fact it’s good to start off with a win,” he said.
“It’s always good to get a few runs on the board early, which helps down the track if you get a few injuries.”
The Panthers are already dealing with two injuries, with Matt Weidemann, ankle, and Scott Finnigan, foot, likely to miss.
Harrow-Balmoral will miss several of its own players, including Hamish Ellis, Larry Leeming, Rob MacKinnon and Matt Robertson who are all unavailable for selection.
Forsyth said his team could overcome the absences and win the game.
“It probably means a couple of guys that are a little underdone will get an opportunity, but these are blokes that played senior footy last year so it’s nothing new to them,” he said.