Horsham maintain edge against Warrack | Wimmera Football League 2017

WITH a difficult breeze favouring one end of Horsham City Oval it was the Horsham Demons who came out on top against the Warrack Eagles on Saturday.

Six goals to none in the second quarter opened up the contest for Horsham before the side run out 16.16 (112) to 9.15 (69) winners.

Horsham coach Louie Dalziel said he was pleased to get another win.

“At this point of the season it just continues to be about putting points on the board,” he said. “Warrack certainly came out hard and made it a good contest. We will need to sharpen up even more for when we play them again in a couple of weeks time.”

The Eagles kicked with the aid of the breeze in the first quarter but failed to make the most of their opportunities. In a tight contest Horsham managed to get the ball forward often enough to edge ahead by a point in the first quarter to lead 1.4 to 1.3 at the first change.

The Demons stepped it up in the second quarter as the ball seemingly lived in the side’s forward half to result in 6.11 to just two Warrack behinds.

Dalziel said his side’s running game clicked into gear after  the first break. “We just started running,” he said. “There was a pretty stiff breeze going towards the netball court of the ground which made kicking tricky though. We found it difficult to convert during the second quarter and could have been even further in front.”

The hard-working Tyler Blake was pivotal to set the game up according to Dalziel. “His hands were as clean as anybody else’s out there,” he said. “He is just such an important player for us because he he provides a great target but can also dash off the half-back line or go through the middle. He is a real utility.”

Warrack ruckman Scott Adams had a big impact on the contest early but Dalziel praised Sid Heron and Billy Carberry for their efforts to quell his influence. “I was particularly pleased for Sid because he has been under pressure to perform,” he said. “He answered a lot of questions about his game on Saturday.”

With the aid of the wind the Eagles cut into the Horsham lead during the third quarter. Jesse Murphy continued to be a good target up forward on his way to kicking four goals for the visitors and the margin was 30 points with a quarter to play.

Horsham’s troubles in front of goals seemed to evaporate in the final quarter as the side managed to kick six straight.

The same could not be said for Warrack. The team continued to battle until the final whistle but the deficit grew to 43-point despite the Eagles having more scoring shots in the fourth.

Kieran Ellis continued his good form to be Warrack’s best ahead of Malcolm Douglas and Chris Kellett. 

Deek Roberts kicked three goals and was among Horsham’s best alongside Blake and Jeremy Hartigan, who played a tough defensive role against Ryan McKenzie. Ryan Kemp bagged five goals and Joel Geue added four to move past 50 for the season.