Edenhope-Apsley make it four in a row with win against Laharum

TOUGH LOSS: Laharum's Heath MacInnes runs with the ball against Rupanyup in round five. The Demons lost by two goals to the Saints on Saturday. Picture: SEAN WALES
TOUGH LOSS: Laharum's Heath MacInnes runs with the ball against Rupanyup in round five. The Demons lost by two goals to the Saints on Saturday. Picture: SEAN WALES

EDENHOPE-APSLEY continue to go from strength to strength, notching their fourth straight win on Saturday away to Laharum. 

In what promised to be a close game, the Demons and the Saints were neck and neck for much of the contest. 

The Saints started the better side and kicked four goals to two in the opening term. Edenhope-Apsley held onto that two goal lead for the remainder of the game. Despite Laharum’s best efforts to close the gap, they could not get on top of the Saints. 

At half time the Saints’ lead was a slender 10 points. 

Skill errors cost Laharum, summed up by forward Tom Crawford kicking the ball into the post from point blank range in front of an open goal. 

The Saints had a two-goal advantage after three quarters and held on to win by that margin, claiming another important away win 10.7 (67) to 8.7 (55).

Laharum coach Robbie Miller said skill errors and turnovers proved to be the difference in the contest. 

“Our skill errors and unforced errors cost us and we addressed that after the game,” he said.

“It’s a problem we have and it almost cost us the game against Rupanyup. They were deserving winners in the end.

“They were composed with ball in hand. They fed back to the loose player and their hand skills were solid. When we had the ball we just somehow found a way to turn the ball over.”

Miller said his side tried hard but could not overturn the Saints’ lead.

“I think we got it back to two points and I was confident we could run over the top of them, but they just found a way to get one back,” he said. “It was always going to be a close contest and it was just disappointing it fell their way and not ours.” 

Saints coach Chris Oliver said his side was enjoying some good form at the moment.

“We are in a good patch at the moment and are really gelling together as a side,” he said.

“It was a good team effort. We had four or five of our starting line up out, which probably took a bit of polish off our game. I could not fault the guys who came in – their intensity and desire to get the footy helped get us over the line.

“I think the previous game against the Bombers was really character building for us. We know when a team does get on top that we don’t need to crumble. We always found a way to get back on top of Laharum when they came at us.”

Dylan Achison kicked three goals for the Saints, while Cam Streeter continued his great season for Laharum and was named best on ground.