Stawell Warriors important clash

Tom Eckel was among just a couple of players who could hold their head high after Stawell's performance against Ararat. Picture: MARK McMILLAN.

Tom Eckel was among just a couple of players who could hold their head high after Stawell's performance against Ararat. Picture: MARK McMILLAN.

WFL - Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to bounce back from a second half fade out against Ararat when they take on Nhill in the Wimmera Football League tomorrow.

Last week Stawell played their best quarter of football in the second term, but couldn't sustained it for any longer.

After leading at the second and third change to then lose by 50 points Warriors confidence levels would have certainly taken a beating.

Tomorrow's clash against Nhill will certainly be one of the more important games Stawell play this year according to coach Brad Cassidy.

"No doubt it is an important game for us," Cassidy said.

"Probably the most important game of the year."

To add a bit of spice to the game former Stawell Westlift Warriors coach Tim Seymour will play against his former club.

Seymour left the club in the middle stages of last season when Warriors sat one win and eight losses.

However the results up until then had no bearing on him leaving the club.

Cassidy has no interest in getting involved with what has happened in previous years and says his focus will be on winning and winning alone.

"I think if we go out there and use that as our motivation we are out there for the wrong reasons," Cassidy said.

"We need to focus on getting that first win."

Todd Cleary was expected to take a fitness test last night despite getting a heavy knock last week.

Cleary will all things going well, join the likes of Aidan Potter and captain Tom Eckel who were two players who could hold their head high after last weekend's performance in the midfield or up forward.

Following last week's game Cassidy was forced to make changes to the line up to give them the opportunity to run out the game.

Angus Barham will return to the reserves to get more game time into his legs, while Toby Reid will miss with a broken thumb.

Trevor Matthews will be one likely replacement, while the other was yet to be decided.

Training on Tuesday night was dedicated to improving skills.

"We worked on our skills mostly," Cassidy said.

"It will come down to want and fitness though.

"Which ever team wants it more and can perform under fatigue will win the game."

After only a five day break Cassidy will look to have more structure in his rotation to ensure there are no injuries.

He also encouraged the boys to think of the five day break as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

"We have to stay positive so our focus is that we're playing again after five days," Cassidy said.

"You can't be thinking about being sore or tired because you have to play."

Cassidy and the rest of the playing group would like to see all the club supporters turn out for tomorrow's game as well as join them for a post match gathering upstairs.

"I'm looking forward to the game, we all are," Cassidy said.

"There is the challenge of whether or not we can come up with a good enough strategy to win.

"If our training form is anything to go by we should be very competitive."

Action between Stawell and Nhill tomorrowe at Central Park will get under way at approximately 2.30pm.

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