Stawell Warriors juniors impress

Stawell Westlift Warriors under 14 and under 17 teams impressed in a full dress rehearsal when they took on CKS Swifts in a practice match last Saturday.

The under 14s controlled play all morning against the smaller Baggies outfit, piling on goals regularly as they cruised to a comfortable victory.

CKS Swifts did show promising signs early with some good passages started by their taller brigade in Sam Raeck and Seth Blake, but once Stawell started to hit their targets, they dominated.

Calder Richards was excellent in the ruck and fed the running Josh Kelly, Jayden Wright, Tom Walker and Jack Simmons.

Between them, they were able to set up numerous scoring opportunities for key forwards, the best of them being Caleb Bretherton.

By half time, Stawell had opened up a big lead and the call from coach Brett Graveson was to keep looking for options, keep helping each other out and put their big preseason to use by running out the entire game.

Graveson did swing some changes in the third term and this allowed CKS Swifts to keep the ball down forward more often, but they could only manage a string of behinds, before finally posting a goal.

Stawell continued to run and feed the ball by hand through the midfield in the final term, which was a mere formality and gave the likes of Bretherton, Ugo Obi and Jayden Wright an opportunity to add to their goal tallies.

It was a similar story for Stawell's under 17s, who were ready to put their skills on show.

New recruit Jack Taurau was eager to impress and used his height and pace to advantage through the midfield.

Combined with the ruckwork of Callum Rickard, this paved the way for the likes of Mitch Kelly, Jesse Barber, Mitch Collins and the mobile Michael Hackwill to continually push the ball forward towards key targets Ethan Marrow, Koby Stewart and Aiden Jensz.

Within the first 15 minutes, Stawell had posted five goals on the board and there was no looking back from there.

Coach Ian 'Ernie' Brilliant tried players in different positions throughout the match and this did not upset their momentum, Stawell cruising to an easy victory and showing good signs as they prepare for the start of the 2014 Wimmera Football League season.

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