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Tigers primed to bounce back

BEER RUN: Gritty Nhill forward Aaron Beer attempts to evade Terry Arnel in the round-one clash with Horsham. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

By DEAN LAWSON
A pacing group of Tigers starved of the big win they desperately want will hunt Kookaburras when Wimmera Football League round-two games resume on Saturday.
The Nhill Tigers were much better in their grand-final replay against Horsham than scores suggested a fortnight ago and that spells trouble for the Minyip-Murtoa Burras.
The clash, to evolve in the bubbling cauldron of Nhill’s Davis Park, should be a beauty and it will be Nhill’s raw firepower that secures the home side a 27-point victory.
Nhill shot out of the blocks in its first hit-out for the year and might have been guilty of revealing its cards too early and running out of ideas against a Demons side used to answering challenges.
But Nhill will settle into a more measured approach as the season progresses and fans are unlikely to see it adopt the frenetic, scattergun approach of the first round.
That’s not to suggest the Tigers will be conservative in their approach. With gifted running player Wade Thompson slipping in alongside Ricky Scott, Riley Dickinson, Andy Watson and Aaron Beer, there will be plenty of attacking action and highlights.
Coach Simon Brearley would have been disappointed but also excited with what he saw under the lights.
Minyip-Murtoa came from behind to beat Ararat and its comprehensive win would have coach Scott Arnold brimming with expectation.
The fearless Arnold copped some friendly fire leading the way last week and his stoic example provides a strong foundation for a good list of players.
There are some quality bloodlines emerging in the Burras camp. Long-time league followers are watching all with interest, in particular teenager Nick Petering who can boast league representatives on both sides of his family.
The Burras’ Mr Shutdown Tom Delahunty was another to win accolades last outing, Josh Murphy is a player to watch and it’s only a matter of time before high-flying goal-kicker Clinton Midgley takes a game apart.
Uncanny
Dimboola, another first-round winner, will continue turning heads with victory over Ararat in a night game, this time deep in enemy territory at Alexandra Oval.
The extra space could either suit or destroy the Roos who have Clancy Bennett and Al McKinnon operating as generals out of the middle and with an uncanny ability to bring others into the game.
Straight-ahead Hamish Exell gives the Roos an edge in the clinches, Lachlan Exell shone first round and Daniel Baker, boasting a versatile mix of aerial and foot skills, provides excitement with his willingness to push forward of the ball.
Ararat is again based a game plan around its ability to run the ball but, unlike last game, can’t afford to waste opportunities.
Ararat defenders such as Tyson Carr and Ryan Bates, who had games against the Burras, will face tough opposition with the likes of Jason Przibilla, Darren Jones and Shaun Smith already among the goals. Long-time enigmatic talent Glenn Ross is also set to worry opposition defenders all year.
Ararat can’t afford to let Alan Batchelor shoulder too much of the ball-carrying responsibilities and must find ways to free up spearhead Mick Fratin.
Dimboola will win by 34 points.
Slick
Horsham will continue to roll into the season with victory over Stawell which had a disappointing first-round result against Warrack Eagles.
The Demons will remain a slick unit while they have players such as Aaron Barnett, Terry Arnel, Jordyn Bourke and Brad Hartigan directing traffic and the likes of Jeremy Hartigan, Beau Nelson and Nick Pekin stepping up to the plate.
Toohey Medallist Brent Tuckey, meanwhile, and coach and book-end player Ben Williamson remain pivotal to the Warriors’ game and many expect the red and blacks to be a better side on the familiar climes of Stawell’s Central Park.
Horsham to win by 63 points.

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Posted on Apr 27 2011

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