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WFL | Ararat and Dimboola primed for big clashes

Jamie Whitehead gets his kick away from Jackson O'Neill. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Jamie Whitehead gets his kick away from Jackson O’Neill. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

By DEAN LAWSON
Ararat and Dimboola will bank on big finishes when they take on Horsham and Horsham Saints respectively in Wimmera Football League Sunday games this week.
The Rats and Roos will be all too aware that their opponents will be going into round-two games after a short five-day week and will try to exploit any advantage.
Horsham and Horsham Saints clashed last night in a memorable Anzac Day encounter and there is little doubt players will need strategic management to be fighting fit by the weekend.
Both Ararat and Dimboola had disappointing starts to the season, Ararat coming off second best to Stawell on Good Friday, which seems an eternity ago, and the Roos more than nine goals off the pace against Warrack Eagles on Saturday.
The staggered start to the season means there is still considerable uncertainty about teams’ strengths and weaknesses.
Ararat struggled to find the centre of the big sticks against the Warriors but there is plenty to suggest the Rats were up against a potential competition yardstick.
And last weekend Dimboola also found itself light-on in front of the sticks after the Eagles jumped the Roos with a match-winning second quarter.
Dimboola found itself seven goals in arrears at the main break and probably did well to limit the damage in the second half.
Importantly, players such as Jackson O’Neill, Darren Jones, Daniel Greig and Lachie Watts were in the thick of the action.
The Roos have to take on the Saints at Coughlin Park, while the Rats will welcome the Demons to Alexandra Oval in a rekindling of traditional inter-city rivalries.
On Saturday, games at Warracknabeal’s Anzac Park and Nhill’s Davis Park will set the scene for a big weekend of Wimmera football.
The Eagles, sensing the opportunity to enjoy a sprightly start to the year, will back themselves against a Minyip-Murtoa team that many suggested appeared a little rusty during a season opener against Nhill.
The Eagles brains trust would have been delighted with how the maroon and golds seized the initiative at Dimboola and kicked on to a big score.
Notable performances came from former Albury player Kieran Ellis, back with the Eagles this year and kicking three goals last weekend, and workhorse duo Riley Morrow and Jacob Cheney.
Critically, the Eagles shared goal-kicking spoils with a variety of players having opportunities and that potency in attack is sure to apply pressure to the Burras.
Minyip-Murtoa faced a tough assignment against a willing Nhill team, which led last year’s runner-up in the first half.
It took a four-goal effort in the third term for the Burras to seize momentum under lights at Murtoa and win a low-scoring affair by 24 points.
Apart from the four points, good results for the Burras included a strong game from recruits Pat Purcell and Oliver Young and the form of new coach Damian Cameron. Brylie Cameron was also good and Kade Petering and Brayden Ison won accolades.
The battle for Sheep Hills should be a beauty.
Nhill, meanwhile, would have been cursing its missed opportunity with Nathan Sachse, Jake Harrap, Billy Hayes, Liam Albrecht and Jordan Zeitz having an influence in almost forcing an upset.
Signs are that the Tigers have more balance than last year and if they weren’t hard to beat already, are going to be harder this year.
But the west Wimmera crew, subject to a tough early draw, now faces off against a visiting Stawell team that also appears bigger and stronger than in 2016.
There seems little doubt that big forward Travis Graham and returned Toohey Medallist Brent Tuckey will generate cult status north of the divide this season but watch out for the Warriors’ ball winners at ground level.
Stawell and Nhill seem to have forever produced intense contests and Saturday should prove no exception.
Horsham defeated Horsham Saints in the annual Anzac Day game under lights at Horsham City Oval on Tuesday.

Shannon Argall, WE, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Shannon Argall, WE, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Al McKinnon, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Al McKinnon, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Shannon Argall marks in front of Jackson O'Neill. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Shannon Argall marks in front of Jackson O’Neill. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Josh Bibby, WE, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Josh Bibby, WE, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Aaron Werner tackles Daniel Bell, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Aaron Werner tackles Daniel Bell, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Brayden Walder and Daniel Garner clash. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Brayden Walder and Daniel Garner clash. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Scott Adams and Jayden Lehmann contest the ball. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Scott Adams and Jayden Lehmann contest the ball. Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Darren Jones, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Darren Jones, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

John Timaepatua, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

John Timaepatua, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Daniel Bell, WE, Daniel Garner, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Daniel Bell, WE, Daniel Garner, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Daniel Greig, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Daniel Greig, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Ben Miller, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Ben Miller, Dim, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Ben Spicer tackles Dimboola's Darcy Dubois, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

Ben Spicer tackles Dimboola’s Darcy Dubois, Dimboola vs Warrack Eagles.

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Posted on Apr 26 2017

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