Pekin to lead from the middle for Horsham District league | Photos, Interleague Football

HORSHAM District league’s senior interleague coach Nick Pekin will lead from the front when his side takes on the Ellinbank and District Football Leauge on Saturday. 

The game will be played at Ballarat City Oval, with Pekin excited with what he has seen from his squad. 

“We have had a few training runs and all in all it has been positive,” he said. 

“I’ve said all along the players need to buy-in and I’ve wanted the players to really drive the experience as much as possible. I think we have really had that.

“We have the guys that want to be there and we haven’t had to be chasing any blokes. We have the guys on board who want to further and advance their football. We are feeling confident going into the game.”

The Horsham District side will be without a couple of injured guns in Swifts coach Scott Carey and Natimuk United coach Sam Anson. 

“Injuries are a part of football and that’s the way it goes,” Pekin said.

“Scott Carey to his credit has been involved for quite a long time and he is going to be our runner on the day.” 

Pekin said he was excited to see how the leaders and youngsters come together on the day.

“The Swifts players are all leaders and Michael Phelan from Harrow-Balmoral will hopefully come into the side and he is a very good leader,” Pekin said.

“Young Jacob Cocks, Todd Lawrence and Liam Jakobi it could be all of their first senior interleague appearances.”

In the likely line-up, the Swifts have the most representatives with six including the interchange, while Edenhope-Apsley and Harrow-Balmoral have four apiece. 

Pekin said he was not focusing on the opposition but ensuring every member of his side was prepared for the contest.

“We have enough to worry about let alone the opposition,” he said. 

“I wouldn’t know who they have available. I reckon they will have some quick onballers and a couple of gun full-forwards, but a part from that we need to worry about ourselves and making sure we have everyone contributing on the day.”

Line-up

Here is the Horsham District Football Netball League senior team named to take to the field on Saturday in Ballarat. 

B: Jack Vague, Noradjuha-Quantong; Michael Phelan, Harrow-Balmoral; Liam Jakobi, Pimpinio.

HB: Dusty Cross, Noradjuha-Quantong; Angus Martin, Laharum; Liam Scott, Swifts.

C: Sam McClure, Edenhope-Apsley; Ben Taylor, Swifts; Jakob Cocks, Jeparit-Rainbow.

HF: Anthony Close, Harrow-Balmoral; Jeremy Kealy, Edenhope-Apsley; Nathan Koenig, Natimuk United.

F: Andrew Cameron, Swifts; Damon Folkes, Swifts; Cameron Bruce, Noradjuha-Quantong. 

R: Todd Lawrence, Harrow-Balmoral; Nick Pekin, Harrow-Balmoral; Simon Hobbs, Kalkee.

Int: Ryan Folkes, Swifts; Bart Nolan, Edenhope-Apsley; Dylan Achison, Edenhope-Apsley; Baillie Batchelor, Kalkee; Matt Healy, Swifts. 

E: Alex Ridsdale, Natimuk United; Kyle Dumesny, Kalkee.