Wimmera Football League | Stawell v Horsham Saints

Travis Graham kicks for goal. Picture: Peter Pickering.
Travis Graham kicks for goal. Picture: Peter Pickering.

The Warriors will attempt to break a two-game losing streak when they take on the Horsham Saints on Saturday at Central Park. 

Stawell has lost its last two games, going down to Minyip-Murtoa and Warrack Eagles.

Warriors coach Tom Eckel said it is important for his side to start winning games before finals.

“I think it is mainly about getting our confidence up,” he said.

“We haven’t been playing bad football, we have just been running out of legs.”

Stawell has been hit hard by injury this season, and will suffer another loss with Jack Beaton set to miss this weekends game. 

“We have been playing guys out of position and to their credit they have been doing really well,” Eckel said.

Jackson Taurau and Naish McRoberts will bolster the home side as the TAC Cup competition takes the week off.

The game will serve as a prelude to a likely elimination final between the sides in three weeks time. 

Both sides have qualified for finals and are likely to finish in the fourth and fifth spots on the Wimmera Football League ladder.

Horsham will be unable to climb any higher than fourth spot, while Stawell will have to win its last three games and rely on Warrack losing all three of its remaining matches by a significant amount for the Warriors to slip into third position. 

The teams are likely to play in an elimination final at Murtoa Recreation Reserve on Sunday, September 3.

Eckel said his side won’t try anything different because they are likely to play the Saints in the finals.

“We will go with what we have been doing all season,” he said.

“Our boys are getting used to the game plan which we have worked on week in, week out.”

The Warriors defeated the reigning premiers when they last met in round seven.

A six-goal-to-one third term proved to be the difference in Stawell’s 29-point win. 

Eckel said he believes Stawell’s defence is key to winning the game.

“They have a few good midfielders which we will have to be careful of,” he said.

“”They are quick and small too.

“If we can cramp their game style and defend well that will help us get the win.” 

The teams will face off in their annual White Ribbon round game, which raises funds and awareness for the foundation which combats violence against women. ​