Warriors looking to bounce back

WFL - Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to bounce back when they take on arch rival Ararat this Sunday in the Wimmera Football League.

Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to bounce back when they take on arch rival Ararat.

Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to bounce back when they take on arch rival Ararat.

Warriors had a difficult season opener taking on Minyip-Murtoa, while it was quite the opposite for Ararat who had an easy win over Nhill.

While the Warriors and Rats rivalry is certainly well publicised and talked about externally it's a different story for the ones involved.

"There is no doubt there is a rivalry, but the hype is more external," Warriors coach Brad Cassidy said.

"The boys look forward to it the same as any other game."

Warriors have had quite a number of things to work on since their loss to the Burras and look forward to putting some of it into action.

"We have really concentrated on getting back to the fundamentals," Cassidy said.

Like most teams Stawell would like to get a win in their first game in front of their home crowd.

If they are to be successful expect the in and under players for Warriors to stand up, including interleague squad members Tom Eckel and Aiden Potter.

Other Warriors players who have been named in the squad are Jackson Dark, Todd Cleary, David Morris,Chris Ford, Shane Field and Todd Matthews.

"It will be a big test on our midfield," Cassidy said.

Ararat defeated Nhill based purely on how fit they were.

They out ran their opposition and were fast with their offensive transition.

In recent weeks, including both the practice match and against Minyip-Murtoa, this is where Stawell has struggled.

"We need to do offence well and defence well, but most importantly do it quickly," Cassidy said.

Warriors will welcome Andrew Cameron into the senior line up after a brilliant performance in the reserves last week, where he kicked five goals.

David Morris will also play his first game for the year after a hamstring injury kept him sidelined for round one.

Unfortunately, Toby Reid will miss Sunday's clash with a tight hamstring.

"At this stage it's just precautionary," Cassidy said.

"We're certainly not going to take any risks so early in the competition."

Warriors had a tough hit out last night on the track and have a light run in the morning to put the finishing touches on their game plan.

Ararat's Jack Ganley and Dan Mendes will require some attention on Sunday.

Brad Cassidy wants his team to stay positive and avoid going back into their shell.

"They just need to be competitive, confident and enjoy their footy," said Cassidy.

"The results will come."

Action between Stawell Westlift Warriors and Ararat Rats is set to kick off at Central Park at 2.30pm.

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