Horsham 107 d Ararat 41
ANOTHER fast start helped Horsham to a 66-point win over Ararat at Alexandra Oval, Ararat.
The Demons proved their seven-goal opening term against Dimboola last week was not a one-off, kicking seven goals to the Rats’ two in the first term on Saturday.
It was a lead the visitors built on in each quarter to claim a 16.11 (107) to 6.5 (41) win.
Demons coach Brad Hartigan said it was another promising performance.
“The boys got off to a good start again, which was really pleasing. It’s not a flash in the pan thing, it’s a mindset,” he said.
“After that, Ararat sort of clamped down a little bit, but our first quarter put them right on the back foot, which was good.”
First quarters have not been the Rats’ strong suit.
They last won one in round five in their previous meeting with the Demons.
Joel Geue earned best afield honours for the Demons for the third time in four matches, playing in defence and through the midfield.
Geue, Beau Nelson and Alex Thomson all kicked three goals.
Hartigan was also impressed by the performances of defender Rhona Conboy, forward Sean Christopher and midfielders Tim Eldridge and Simon Hobbs.
For the Rats, defender Brady Miller continued his consistent season, while Liam Cavanagh and Jack Ganley also impressed.
Beau Cosson was the side’s lone multiple goal-scorer, finishing with three.
The result leaves the Rats four points inside the top five, with testing fixtures to come against Warrack Eagles and Dimboola.