Natimuk United, Laharum register wins | Horsham District league

THE Horsham District league’s A Grade pacesetters Laharum and Natimuk United have both registered resounding wins in round 16. 

Laharum has pushed Edenhope-Apsley out of the top six with a 58-29 win at Edenhope on Saturday. 

The Demons hit the lead early and their lead was never troubled. 

Caitlin Story continued her fantastic season for the Demons, scoring 36 goals and being named best on court. 

Demons co-coach Rebecca McIntyre said it was a physical contest. 

“We always have a physical and tough game against the Saints,” she said.

“We had a lead early on and I think they were missing a couple of players. We made a couple of changes and rotated going into the last quarter. We were just focusing on our goals and taking it a week at a time.”

With the top two positions on the ladder set, Laharum will play Natimuk United in the second week of the finals. 

McIntyre said her side was starting to make preparations for that game. 

“We are definitely keen for the process of finals, that’s what you play for,” she said.

“We know we are guaranteed first or second and that week off so we are focused on keeping up that intensity, training and that momentum.

“We know we will play Natimuk United in the first week; that can’t change regardless of the table. We are taking it each week as it comes and we are trying to be better than we were last week, but we know that game against Natimuk United is secured for us.

“We are looking at how we can implement our game structures for these next two weeks to be able to set ourselves up for that game. They are fierce competitors and very experienced in finals, so we have to be on our game. Experience does play a big part in finals.”

Natimuk United also continued to head towards finals in great form, accounting for Kalkee by 31 goals on Saturday at Kalkee. 

The Ewes rotated through 10 players for the game, with Shannon Couch scoring 44 goals from 60 attempts. 

The Kees matched it with the Ewes in the last term as both teams scored 11 goals, but the damage was done early as the Ewes scored 17 goals to five in the opening quarter. 

Elsewhere the Swifts accounted for Taylors Lake 66-30 and Rupanyup defeated Jeparit-Rainbow 55-45. 

The bye for Noradjuha-Quantong and Harrow-Balmoral sees them hang onto sixth and third position on the ladder respectively.