Natimuk United smashes Rupanyup

James Delahunty, pictured tackling Swifts' Damon Folkes, impressed for the Panthers this week but could not stop the team falling to Natimuk United. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

James Delahunty, pictured tackling Swifts' Damon Folkes, impressed for the Panthers this week but could not stop the team falling to Natimuk United. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Natimuk United 109 d Rupanyup 29

NATIMUK United put in a commanding performance at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve to win by 80 points on Saturday.

Natimuk coach Tim Friend was inspirational in his second game back from injury, kicking six goals.

The performance elevated him to equal third on the Horsham District goal-kicking leaderboard with 35 goals.

In his second senior game for the year, Mark Eldridge, three goals, was one of Natimuk United’s best players.

Nathan Sasche and James Delahunty impressed for the Panthers.

Rupanyup was kept scoreless in the first quarter and goal-less in the last as Natimuk outclassed the team in slippery conditions.

Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said there were no excuses for the loss, but did point out the Panthers were missing key players.

“We were minus eight senior players so it probably wasn’t the best team we could have put on the park,” he said.

“In saying that, they tried, but Natimuk United was too good.”

Finnigan said the absence of Paul Trotter left a gaping hole in the Rupanyup line-up.

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