Horsham District league | Natimuk United v Noradjuha-Quantong

James Gregg runs from Shaun McDonald.
James Gregg runs from Shaun McDonald.

IT is the biggest game of the year for Natimuk United when it comes up against Noradjuha-Quantong on Saturday. 

The Rams can smell finals football but now coach Sam Anson said his team was relying on other games in the final two rounds to get their chance in September. 

“We definitely won’t be taking this game lightly,” he said. 

“We had a chance to make our lives easier last week but we only have ourselves to blame.

“We didn’t take our chances. It’s our own fault. 

“Now we have to put 100 per cent of our faith into others’ hands but first we have got to win this week.” 

Anson expects the competition to be fierce. 

“I expect our boys to come out with all guns blazing, I also expect the Quanny boys to not take this game lightly,” he said. 

The Rams came away with an 83-point win against the Bombers in round four. 

“The scoreline didn’t reflect how the game really felt in that game,” Anson said. 

“We scored a couple late goals which made it look easier than what it was.” 

Anson suffered an injury in round 12 against Rupanyup and was set to miss the rest of the regular season. 

He returned to the fray early against Laharum in round 14 and said he regretted it. 

“I shouldn’t have played last week to be honest. I wasn’t much help to the boys,” he said. 

“I’m not to sure about this week. I think I’m more valuable on the sidelines at the moment.” 

Anson said he looked forward to seeing the battle between two young, up-and-coming ruckmen in Ram Jordan Smith and Bomber Jack Vague.

“It will be a good battle. I think Jordan got the upper hand on him last time,” he said. 

“We obviously hope we get over the top and grab some clearances.” 

“Big Bryce Hateley is getting better each week and Alex Ridsdale has been playing some good footy. 

“Jono Lovel has been doing well down in defence for us but we need a lot more from everyone else all over the field.”  

Bomber Cam Bruce scored 14 goals last week.


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