Horsham Saints 68 to Horsham 66
HORSHAM Saints has secured second spot on the ladder after their hard-earned two-point win against minor premier Horsham at Horsham City Oval on Saturday.
The Saints trailed at every change – albeit by just 14, 12 and 10 points – before the lead changed hands multiple times in the final term and finished in the visitors’ favour.
The 10.8 (68) to 10.6 (66) win was the Saints’ second in three matches against the Demons this season.
Saints coach Shayne Breuer said it was great to go into finals with winning form.
“It’s a long season – especially for the players – and it’s great to have finished where we have and now we can get stuck into finals,” he said.
“The way we went about it was the pleasing thing.
“We stuck at it for four quarters, which is what we’re looking for.”
Gavin Kelm, four goals, and Leslie Butler, three, were the Saints’ two multiple goal-scorers, while Sam Clyne continued his outstanding run of form.
Breuer said the side had plenty of contributors.
“We had some guys who played really good footy who weren’t even in our best and that’s a good sign,” he said.
“It was a really even performance.”
Horsham has earnt a week’s break before facing the winner of the qualifying final between the Saints and Warrack Eagles for a grand final berth.
Horsham co-coach Jordyn Burke said his side would benefit from the match moving into finals.
“We were very keen to get the win, but also it was a good hit-out and there were a lot of positives to take out of it,” he said.
“A few young boys really stood up and that’s good going forward.”
Burke said windy conditions made the game a real scrap.
“It never really got to a stage where we were properly controlling the game,” he said.
“It was in the balance most of the day.”
Joel Geue was again named the Demons’ best, playing on Saints’ full-forward Kelm, while Billy Lloyd, Sean Christopher and Jordy Schmidt were all strong contributors.
Michael O’Callaghan was the hosts’ only multiple goal-kicker, finishing with two majors.