Horsham 113 d Dimboola 76
HORSHAM has continued its undefeated start to the year and consigned reigning premier Dimboola to its fourth consecutive defeat in the process.
The Demons ran out 37-point winners, setting up a tantalising clash with Ararat – the league’s only other undefeated team – on Saturday.
Demons coach Jordyn Burke said the manner in which the side secured its 17.11 (113) to 11.10 (76) victory was particularly pleasing.
“I think for the first time this year we put together close to a four-quarter performance,” he said.
“We never panicked at any stage, we stuck to our guns and we’re starting to get to a point where we’ve got some real self-belief in each other.”
The Demons opened up a five-goal lead early in the final term before a brace of Roos goals midway through the quarter gave life to the contest.
But a Nick Pekin set shot and goal – one of seven in a sterling individual performance – shut the door on the visitors’ chances.
“It was really pleasing in that last quarter – they were always going to come back at us, but it was really good for the boys to steady, not panic and close it out,” Burke said.
“Nick played through the middle and rested up forward, he was fantastic – best on ground by a mile.”
Burke praised a consistent team performance, saying the side’s midfield play was particularly impressive.
Sean Christopher played an important role up forward, kicking three goals, while Burke, Jordy Schmidt and Joel Geue were also among the side’s best.
For Dimboola, Lachie Watts kicked three goals, while Simon Clugston, Shaun McDonald and Matt Magee were among the best players.
The Roos will now have a must-win game against Stawell to avoid slipping to a 0-5 record and to keep in touch with the top five.