STAWELL Westlift Warriors will be a realistic chance of defeating Horsham Saints in the Wimmera Football League, if they reproduce their first half of last week.
David Morris is expected to play a key role when Stawell takes on the Horsham Saints at Central Park tomorrow.
Despite being a ‘smokey’ to win the premiership in the eyes of many, Horsham Saints will have their work cut out against Stawell tomorrow at Central Park.
Last week Stawell played their best football of the season to be within four goals of Wimmera League powerhouse Horsham Demons at half time.
Warriors were riddled with injuries and fatigue after half time, resulting in their form falling away and eventually going down by a big margin.
Coach Brad Cassidy is looking forward to another challenge and hopes they can pull off an upset.
“It’s a good opportunity to see if we can play like we did last week. If we can and do it for four quarters, we are a good chance.”
Cassidy pointed out the significance of the win for both teams and made mention of how well the two teams match up.
Despite lacking some power in defence, Horsham Saints have a strong midfield group as well as a powerful forward line.
“Their forwards and mids are their strengths,” Cassidy said.
“We really need to get on top of their defence early and put them on the back foot. Our forwards need to really stand up and play well.”
Stawell’s forward line is both young and inexperienced with under 17 players Ben Taylor and Jarrod Illig both expected to play there tomorrow.
The more seniors players such as Brenton Potter and Todd Cleary will have to lead from the front in regard to physicality.
Horsham Saints forward Gavin Kelm will be the one to watch in a strong forward line.
“They are very potent in their forward line,” Cassidy said.
“They have not just one, but three guys who we need to pay attention too. It won’t just be the back six, it will have to be across the ground.”
Cassidy hopes to nullify the Saints one on ones in their forward fifty and if Stawell does happen to turn the ball over, they need to be ready to attack.
“If we allow the Saints to have one on one contests, they will be very hard to stop,” Cassidy said.
“I hope we can push numbers back and help out when we get the chance.”
Liam Scott, Ben Taylor and Mitchell Olafsen all suffered ankle injuries last weekend, but Olafsen looks to be the only serious injury.
Olafsen will miss at least this week, with his replacement yet to be decided.
“I haven’t decided who will play yet,” Cassidy said.
“It might be a backman so we can free up a David Morris or a Jackson Dark, but it will depend on what we need,”
Dark and Morris both have roles to play in the backline, but their speed and ability to win the football is missing in the middle.
Jesse Eckel and Aidan Potter have benefited from the run last weekend and will look to build on their performance this week.
Stawell take on Horsham Saints at Central Park tomorrow.
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