Ground: Horsham City Oval, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: P. Mellington, P. Clough and D. McIvor.
Last time they met: Round nine, 2014. Laharum 28.18 (186) d Natimuk United 1.3 (9).
LAHARUM will play at Horsham City Oval on Saturday for the first time since last year’s grand final triumph.
The reigning premier has not missed a beat in its flag defence, and can put the finishing touches on an undefeated home and away campaign with a win against Natimuk United on Saturday.
It is the second time this year the Rams will host a game at city oval, recognising the heritage of Horsham RSL Diggers, who used the oval as a home ground.
It will also be the last game of the year for the Rams, who will not play finals.
Natimuk United skipper Jonathon Hornsby said the team wanted to atone for a poor game against Laharum earlier in the year.
“We’re hoping for a better showing this time,” he said.
“We played a good brand of football at the weekend and we’re hoping we can continue that on Saturday.
“We are probably in a bit of form with a few more players back from injury who help out with structure and things like that.”
Josh Friend and Alex Ridsdale were among those who returned and played well.
Friend’s brother and team coach Tim Friend will miss after being found guilty of striking Pimpinio’s Sam Lehmann at the tribunal on Wednesday night.
Laharum coach Shannon Argall said his team wanted to maintain its good form in the final round.
“It’s always a buzz to play on city oval and it should be good for guys like myself, Dylan Parish and Ollie Braithwaite who have played a lot of footy there in the past,” he said.
“Rhys Bennett will come back into the side and Gerard Mathews will have a week off with a sore shoulder, but other than that everything will be pretty stable.”