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Saints face huge task against the red-hot Tigers

Horsham Saint Phillip Butsch will need a big game against Nhill.

Horsham Saints v Nhill
Horsham Saints face the distinct possibility of bundling out of the Wimmera Football League premiership race in straight sets unless they can overcome a rampaging Nhill this weekend.
The Tigers are in scintillating form after a strong elimination final win against Stawell on Sunday and Saints coach Brendan Broadbent knows his players face a huge challenge.
"We now face the prospect of a cut-throat final which isn’t ideal but we certainly haven’t given up hope of challenging for the premiership," he said.
And in a much-needed boost, Broadbent said he would have three key onballers available after missing last week’s match.
"I expect Harry Denson, Heath Kelm and Alex McCrae to all be available after missing last week," he said.
"And we were injury free from last weekend which is a bonus."
Nhill coach Sean Bayzand is delighted with the way his side is playing at the moment and he is confident the Tigers can take a step closer to the grand final.
"I am really delighted with the style of play we are producing at the moment and our last three weeks of football has been our best of the season," he said.
While the Saints currently hold sway this season with two wins from two clashes, Bayzand was confident his charges could turn the tables.
"Both times we have played them this season we have been coming off a loss and I expect things to be very different this time around," he said.
"If we can have 21 players performing to the best of their abilities I am confident we can come away with a win."
Bayzand also said the Tigers were at full strength with no injury concerns.
Like so many Wimmera Football League followers, Bayzand expects this match to come right down to the wire, with power forwards to play a key role in the result.
"I certainly think this game could come down to a shoot-out," he said.
"The Saints rely heavily on Gavin Kelm to kick them a winning score so if we can hold him to three or four goals, it will go a long way to winning us the game.
"I think that’s where we can hold an advantage. We have Daniel Hargreaves (eight goals) and Chris Ladhams (five goals) in great form and have many other avenues to goal."
Horsham v Warrack Eagles
Raging premiership favourites Horsham are just one win away from a record seventh successive grand final place.
All that stands in front of them is the Warrack Eagles, who scored a surprise win against Horsham Saints in the qualifying final last week.
Horsham coach Stuart Farr said unlike most WFL followers he was not surprised to see Warrack upstage the Saints and said he would not take his opposition lightly.
"Both sides were fairly evenly matched and I’ve been playing the game long enough now to know that finals football is a totally different ball game," he said.
"I was not at all surprised to see Warrack win and that will give them a lot of confidence and we will certainly not be taking them lightly."
In saying that, Farr admitted his unbeaten side would enter the match confident of victory after comfortably accounting for the Eagles twice throughout the home and away season.
"We are very confident with our own game and we have momentum on our side," he said.
Farr said he would use the possibility of an extra week’s break after this clash as incentive for his side to win this weekend.
"Having the week off before the grand final is a huge advantage and it’s something we’re striving for," he said.
"We will treat the game as a cut-throat final. Having the extra chance will not come into play for us."
Farr said he was expecting a tough night at the selection table tonight with a full list of players to choose from.
"It will certainly be tough to select the side but it’s a luxury I am glad to have," he said.
Warrack Eagles coach Harvey Lang was delighted with his side’s upset win against Horsham Saints last week but admitted his charges needed to take another step up in order to match the almighty Demons.
"It was good to see the boys turn around their belief last week but that win means very little for the rest of the season and we’re under no illusions of how hard it will be against Horsham," he said.
"At the end of the day, they are the best side in the competition and we have to approach the game with a positive frame of mind."

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Posted on Aug 26 2009

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