Horsham District Football Netball League round 8 | Pimpion, Taylors Lake ready for battle

IMPROVEMENT: Vesatile Kalkee player Emily Hannan has improved in every game for the side this season. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

IMPROVEMENT: Vesatile Kalkee player Emily Hannan has improved in every game for the side this season. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

HARROW-BALMORAL currently sits on top of the Horsham District Football Netball League ladder with the undefeated Laharum set to play its round eight clash against Kalkee. 

Laharum v Kalkee

THIS rivalry will be a hard fought contest and with a weekend off, both sides will have fresh legs to compete for the Michelle Mibus medal. 

Kalkee coach Bek Harvey said the side hadn’t trained much in the past two weeks. 

“Everyone is ready to get back into it,” she said. 

“We are expecting quite a physical game so we will have to be on top of our defensive pressure.

“They will be very hard to contain.” 

Harvey said the side did a good job moving the ball into space in its game against Natimuk United. 

Emily Hannan has been a standout performer for the Kees this season and has played in several different positions. 

“Tamara Exell has been leading from the front and has been great shooting,” Harvey said. 

Harvey will miss the game after she sustained an injury to her ankle.

Goal shooter Jaymi O’Connor will make a return to the side.

Grace Braithwaite will be a new inclusion to the side. 

Pimpinio v Taylors Lake

TAYLORS Lake is yet to gain a win this season while Pimpinio is knocking on the door of the top five sides. 

The Tigers have been improving out of sight this season and the side looks likely to collect another win when it faces the Lakers. 

Pimpinio coach Marnie Lehman is set to miss this week and a large majority of the season after she ruptured a tendon in her ankle. 

Lehman said she expected the game to be high-scoring. 

“The girls improvement has been amazing,” she said.

“Against the Giants we were fantastic and I think we will keep improving.” 

Janelle Baker has been a silver lining for the side in recent weeks, and in goal attack she has been the side’s main scorer. 

“She has got her confidence back and is starting to get in some strong form,” Lehman said. 

Lehman said her side had a good rest for the upcoming game. 

“It has been a tough couple of weeks at the club, I got the girls to have training off and now they have had a good rest,” she said. 

“They should all have fresh legs for Saturday.” 

The side has been tirelessly working on moving the ball down the court and Lehman said the players continued to improve.

Jeparit-Rainbow v Noradjuha-Quantong

AFTER a return to winning ways Noradjuha-Quantong will be eager to collect another four points to keep tabs on the top five. 

Southern Mallee Giants v Rupanyup

SOUTHERN Mallee has been one of the strongest attacking sides in the league in 2017 and will expect a large scoreline against Rupanyup. 

Natimuk United v Swifts 

SWIFTS have several wins under its belt in the 2017 season but will have its work cut out when it meets an experienced Natimuk United on Saturday.