Horsham dominates Dimboola

SOLID: Alex Thomson helped Horsham to a win at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SOLID: Alex Thomson helped Horsham to a win at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A DOMINANT first-half propelled ladder leader Horsham to its ninth win for the season against Dimboola in the Indigenous Recognition Match on Saturday.

The Demons kicked 10 goals to two to hold a 51-point lead at the major break, a margin that remained when the final siren sounded at Dimboola Recreation Reserve.

Forward Sean Christopher kicked five goals in the visitors' 16.15 (111) to 8.12 (60) Goodes Brothers Cup win.

Demons coach Brad Hartigan said it was a pleasing performance.

"I was really happy with the team effort," he said.

"That's probably the most consistent footy we've played for a while.

"We were willing to share the footy and that sort of showed.

"To put them away in the first half when the game was on the line, we really stood up to the challenge." Hartigan was named the side's best, alongside Christopher, Simon Hobbs and Joel Geue.

Alex Thomson, Nick Pekin and Jeremy Hartigan all chipped in with two goals each.

The Demons coach was also impressed by Rhona Conboy on his return from injury and youngster Baillie Batchelor.

For Dimboola, the loss leaves it two games outside the top five.

The Roos arguably need to win all of their last five games, plus bank on other results going their way, to maintain hope of going back-to-back.

"We've still got to win, but it's out of our hands I guess," Dimboola coach Stuart Farr said.

"You can't get jumped like that and expect to win games of footy.

"We only turned up at half-time and they didn't drop off in the second half.

"They played the same for four quarters which is what good sides do."

Despite the loss, Farr was full of praise for consistent midfielder Andrew Seers on a day where his side struggled.

"Andrew was best on ground from both sides by a mile, but we had few winners and they had an even spread," Farr said.

Seers, Lachie Exell and Ash Clugston all kicked two goals, while Lachie Watts and Elliot Braithwaite were also among the Roos' best.

Farr said Nigel Sibson had an impact limiting the influence of Demons' star Pekin, while Tom Magee, leg, was taken to hospital after leaving the field in the third term.


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