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PHOTOS | Horsham Saints warming up for premiership tilt

Zac Robins tackles Luke Fisher too high. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Horsham Saints coach Luke Fisher gets caught high in a Zac Robins tackle as he attempts to barge his way through a pack during Wimmera Football League action at Coughlin Park in Horsham. Lofty teenage forward Mitch Martin, running past, is ready for a release handball. The Saints are on the move in the competition and now sit in second spot on the ladder. The Giants are now fifth. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Momentum-building Horsham Saints will turn their attention to a bruised Warrack Eagles this weekend after confirmation they are back as premiership contenders.
The Saints take on the Eagles in search of a fifth win in a row after scoring a crushing and profound win over highly fancied Southern Mallee Giants.
The Coughlin Park crusaders now sit on second spot on the ladder by percentage from Ararat and a 5-2 win-loss record is starting to reflect the building form of the evolving team.
The form guide appears in stark contrast to the Eagles, who sit at 2-4 having lost their past three games after what had appeared a season-defining win over Minyip-Murtoa.
The Eagles crashed and burnt against Stawell last week, a result that left the Yarriambiack combine lamenting outside the top five in seventh spot.
While there is no doubting the Saints are on a roll, one of the big issues they face for the rest of the season is the uncertainty of availability of players who had a significant influence in last weekend’s results.
Talented Angus Gove and Mitch Martin, back from under-18 player-pathway commitments last weekend, provided a critical edge to the Saints’ ability to score.
The pair kicked seven goals between them in their team’s 55-point win and radio station 3WM Local Footy Live commentators almost wore out Gove’s name in the second half.
It remains to be seen how the team responds to their absences leading into the second half of the season.
But circumstances appear well on the up. Saints coach Luke Fisher is heavily influencing games, ruckman Michael Rowe is on song and others such as Sam Clyne, Sam Jasper, Fergus O’Connor and Jacob O’Beirne are having a major say. Oliver Timms was also good last week.
The Eagles crashed unexpectedly against Stawell last week in a result that had many pundits scratching their heads.
The team parried with the Warriors for much of the contest at Central Park before finishing five points in arrears despite having five more scoring shots.
Nick Peters, Shannon Argall and coach Ryan McKenzie led the Eagles’ cause and Chris Kellett and Daniel Bell won accolades, but the loss represented a major blow to the Warrack camp.
Incentives
Results from games at Coughlin Park in Horsham and Central Park, Stawell, provide different incentives for Southern Mallee Giants and Stawell.
The Giants, exposed by the Saints’ short-kicking possession game, need to regroup against winless Dimboola at Hopetoun, while the Warriors, now knocking on the door of the five, will take renewed confidence into a game against Minyip-Murtoa at Minyip.
Stawell’s victory at the weekend came at a perfect time for the Warriors and might reflect a settling milestone after upheaval earlier in the season.
Bustling Tom Taurau won best-afield honours and David Andrivon’s seven goals said plenty about the team’s potential.
Jackson Dark, Naish McRoberts and Bailey Taylor were others to conspire in the win.
But it will be a back-to-back win against old rival Minyip-Murtoa this weekend that will seriously set the Warriors up for a finals push.
Minyip-Murtoa is coming off a bye and irregular form that has the Burras sitting fourth.
The Giants meanwhile, appear near certainties to beat Dimboola, which finished about five goals off the pace against Nhill last outing.
The likes of Shannon Keam, Darcy Dubois and Justin Beugelaar led the Roos’ cause but will run into a Giants outfit set on redemption.
The Giants had a rare problem in finding their six best in the Saints hiding but in the end Kai Forsyth, Josh Webster and Tyler Lehmann collected votes.
Rebounding Rats
Competition wildcard Ararat takes on Nhill in Ararat after Horsham put a dampener on the Rats’ rise to prominence this year.
The Rats traded ‘blows’ with the Demons in a tight first half before their opponents kicked away in the third term and eventually won by 37 points.
Dan Mendes, goal-kicking Zach Louder, Liam Arnott and Ryan Bates were prominent against the Demons and need to regroup with team-mates to meet the unpredictable Tigers.
Nhill is on the board after its win over the Roos and would love nothing more than to upset the Rats as part of a big road trip.
Jake Harrup, Stephen Craig and Simon Cave were all over last week’s game and Scott Hughes bagged four goals.
In a competition where results are getting harder to predict, this contest is far from a certainty.
Sam Clyne leads Coleman Schache to the ball, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Sam Clyne leads Coleman Schache to the ball, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Michael Rowe and Riley Cook position for a throw in. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Michael Rowe and Riley Cook position for a throw in. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Jack Landrigan and Xander McRae pounce on the ball. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Jack Landrigan and Xander McRae pounce on the ball. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Angus Gove and Jacob O'Beirne tackle Liam Price, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Angus Gove and Jacob O’Beirne tackle Liam Price, Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Coleman Schache tackles Jacob O'Beirne. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Coleman Schache tackles Jacob O’Beirne. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Josh Webster and Nathan Clough fight for the ball. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Josh Webster and Nathan Clough fight for the ball. Horsham Saints vs Southern Mallee Giants.

Sam Clyne celebrates with Jacob O'Beirne in a big Saints' last quarter. Horsham Saints vs Stawell.

Sam Clyne celebrates with Jacob O’Beirne in a big Saints’ last quarter. Horsham Saints vs Stawell.

Luke Fisher, Sts, Horsham Demons vs Horsham Saints.

Luke Fisher, Sts, Horsham Demons vs Horsham Saints.

Saints' Angus Gove pounces on the ball as Charlie Wilson and Jack Wilson close in.  Warrack Eagles vs Horsham Saints.

Saints’ Angus Gove pounces on the ball as Charlie Wilson and Jack Wilson close in.
Warrack Eagles vs Horsham Saints.

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