Horsham v Nhill

LEAP: Brandon Patterson and Rhona Conboy of Horsham contest the ball with Ararat's Beau Cosson. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

LEAP: Brandon Patterson and Rhona Conboy of Horsham contest the ball with Ararat's Beau Cosson. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Horsham City Oval, tomorrow, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round 14, 2013. Horsham 31.18 (204) d Nhill 6.3 (39).

NHILL coach Shane Grover is hoping for a competitive performance from his side against Horsham tomorrow.

The Tigers have suffered back-to-back 100-plus point defeats and are coming up against a red-hot Horsham outfit, which is undefeated and on top of the ladder.

"We've got nothing to lose, so we're pretty positive going into the weekend," Grover said. "I've been really impressed with the guys' attitudes at training this week they seem up and about, which is all I can ask of them."

Grover said key for his side would be starting well, stringing good patches of footy together and applying great pressure.

"We seem to be struggling early in games for some reason, so we need to put some scores on the board early," he said.

"We want to put as much pressure on them as we can if we do that and we can put enough patches together I think we'll be really competitive."

The Tigers' keys will be leaders Simon Brearley and Liam Albrecht stepping up along with the side's midfield brigade winning first use of the ball.

With six successive wins, Horsham coach Jordyn Burke said his side would go in with confidence, but not complacency.

"We're really happy with our form and where we're at," he said.

"We've just got to make sure that nothing's slipping, and the way the boys have trained the past couple of weeks, everyone's definitely coming to play."

Burke said the Demons would be bolstered by North Ballarat Rebels-listed players Ben Lakin and Billy Lloyd, however in-form midfielder Joel Geue would likely miss with injury.

"He's had a slight knee complaint and it's just got to the point where he can't play with it it shouldn't be long-term though," he said.

He said developing midfield depth would be essential for the Demons, who would run players such as Jordy Schmidy, Simon Hobbs and Baillie Batchelor through the engine room around star Nick Pekin and coach Brad Hartigan.

The Tigers will need to stop Pekin and Hartigan, who combined for 15 goals against Stawell at the weekend.

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