Rural Financial Counselling Service
The Weekly Advertiser

WFL| Round five: Stawell Warriors set sights on Minyip-Murtoa

UNDER SIEGE: Horsham joint coach Nick Pekin is swamped by Horsham Saints, from left, Tom Pain, Nathan Clough and Jacob O’Beirne during a Wimmera league grand final re-match on Sunday. 			Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

UNDER SIEGE: Horsham joint coach Nick Pekin is swamped by Horsham Saints, from left, Tom Pain, Nathan Clough and Jacob O’Beirne during a Wimmera league grand final re-match on Sunday. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


By DEAN LAWSON
Just what would a win for Stawell over Minyip-Murtoa mean in Wimmera Football League this Saturday?
A fair bit, to say the least.
It would provide confirmation the Warriors mean business in 2016 and perhaps a launching pad for Brad Thomas’ men to have a serious assault on end-of-season accolades.
Minyip-Murtoa and Horsham are now the only two unbeaten teams in the competition but Stawell, which tripped up against Horsham a couple of weeks back, might have found critical momentum through a dominant display against Ararat.
Last week Stawell blitzed its arch enemy as if to put to rest any speculation its late-season win over the Rats last year was somehow an anomaly.
Tell-tale statistics showed the Warriors had 13 scoring shots to six in the opening term, which blossomed further in the second stanza and more importantly became reflective on the scoreboard.
In the end at Central Park, so often an unhappy hunting ground for many teams, Stawell kicked away to ultimately record a 70-point victory.
Watching the Warriors in action and considering their personnel across the lines this year, there is a sense this outfit can only get better.
But the side has to beat highly ranked opponents, which is certainly on the Warriors’ wish-list against Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday.
Goals flowed from a variety of boots last week with Thomas and Ben Taylor kicking four each and Cam Kimber bagging three.
Jon Pollock stepped up the tempo, as did Taylor, Liam Scott and Jesse Poulton, and Jackson Taurau had a big say on proceedings.
Minyip-Murtoa seems to be almost cantering through the season so far with big winning margins in all four games.
It needs a challenge and Stawell will be more than happy to oblige.
Nhill was off the pace from early in last week’s contest against the Burras as the premiership favourites put the foot down to score a 74-point victory.
The absence of stars Clinton Young and Kieran Delahunty with leg niggles failed to dent the Burras’ confidence or effectiveness, with the likes of Liam Newell, six-goal Jae McGrath, Tom and John Delahunty and Woody Bucci picking up the baton.
Desert battleground
Watchers suggested the scoreboard at Davis Park did Nhill little justice considering the Tigers’ willingness for the contest and the side will have a chance to bounce back against Dimboola.
The Tigers have a couple of wins under the belt and will look for a third against a Roos outfit still looking to break the ice.
Battles for the Little Desert are renowned for being no-nonsense affairs and Saturday’s clash at Dimboola will be no exception.
Dimboola clawed its way back against Warrack Eagles last week only to come a gutzer to the tune of 30 points.
Results revealed utility Lachie Exell led the Roos’ efforts alongside Ben Miller, Scott Polycarpou and Hamish Exell. They also showed that the side has trouble kicking enough goals to win games.
Nhill also seems plagued by a conversion issue with only Maddy Hayes scoring multiple goals last week.

For full story, see the April 27, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.
READ IT ONLINE HERE!

Short URL: http://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/?p=33192

Posted on Apr 27 2016

Posted by on Apr 27 2016. Filed under Sport. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Advertising:


Consortium Private Wealth


3WM


MIXX FM


Bowel Cancer Australia

Photo Gallery

The Weekly Advertiser - ACE Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd