FOOTBALL clashes are set to catch the eyes of all who follow the Horsham and District Football League when round 11 gets underway.
Jeparit-Rainbow will travel to take on Rupanyup at home - the game features two teams certain to play finals and should be a tough battle.
The Panthers sit second on the ladder and showed their class in round ten when they accounted for Edenhope-Apsley by 83-points.
Storm sits fourth and had an even bigger win when they despatched Laharum by 171-points.
Both teams' defences will have to be switched on after the Storms' Jay Kirwood (ten goals) and the Panthers' Jack Musgrove (nine goals) had days out in front of goals last round.
Jeparit-Rainbow coach Daniel Batson is looking forward to his side being tested by another top side.
"It's fairly even at the top of the ladder in our league it seems," Batson said.
Asked how his side can beat the Panthers, Batson said it would somewhat depend on whether their Darwin-based players would be taking the field.
"Obviously they've got a fair few good local blokes too, but those Darwin blokes add a bit of cream to their team and make them a lot more dangerous proposition too," Batson said.
"We'll work on a few of their better players, then work on our style of game, and hopefully that'll be good enough on the day."
After losing to Harrow-Balmoral in round ten it doesn't get any easier for third-placed Kalkee who host ladder-leaders Noradjuha-Quantong.
Kees were outclassed by the Roos and will need to find their feet against a Bombers' side that is cruising towards a minor premiership.
Harrow Balmoral's match against the Swifts at North Park is also a must-watch.
The Swifts' inaccurate goalkicking cost them in round ten against Natimuk and they will need to fix it quick-smart against a Roos' outfit who is finding form at the right time of the season.
The reigning premiers took a big scalp in Kalkee last round and now sit fifth, two wins ahead of the Swifts in six.
The Swifts need to make off their opportunities if they are to stay ahead of Natimuk United in seventh spot.
Kaniva Leeor's clash with Laharum looms as a good opportunity for the Cougars to get onto a bit of a roll after crushing Taylors Lake by 106-points in round ten, for their second win of the season.
Laharum on the other hand had a tough 171-point loss to the Storm and will no doubt be looking to lift.
In the remaining two matches 10th-placed Edenhope-Apsley do battle with 11th-placed Taylors Lake, while a Natimuk side striving for finals looks a big ask for Pimpinio.
In netball, Laharum's match against Kaniva-Leeor should be an interesting contest.
While no one has been able to knock off the Demons yet this year, the Cougars have been a great team to watch and should at least provide a great contest.
The Cougars sit in fourth and amazingly are looking likely to play finals in their first year in the competition.
After a draw against Natimuk United in round ten, the Swifts will have to be at their best if they are any chance of knocking off Harrow-Balmoral.
The Roos had a big win over Kalkee and are closing in on second spot, while the Swifts are placed in sixth.
Second-placed Noradjuha-Quantong travel to Kalkee.
A win for eighth-placed Kalkee against second-placed Noradjuha-Quantong will be a big ask, even at home.
The Kees are coming off three losses in a row, while the Bombers are absolutely flying.
5th-placed Jeparit-Rainbow travel to Rupanyup and go in as favourites against the 10th-placed Panthers.
A win for the Storm would move them closer to a top-four position.
In the final game, Pimpinio will be up against it when they face Natimuk United.
The Tigers are yet to win a game for the season, while the Rams are a win behind the Swifts in sixth.
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