Tough task for Stawell Warriors

Stawell Westlift Warriors will look to turn their season around when they resume from the interleague break with a clash against the undefeated Horsham Demons in the Wimmera Football League.

Stawell Warriors will have their work cut out this weekend against Horsham Demons.

Stawell Warriors will have their work cut out this weekend against Horsham Demons.

Stawell have a had a less than perfect start to the season and will look to rectify that this weekend, but there is one rather large obstacle in the way.

Horsham Demons are yet to lose a game this season and don't look likely to for weeks to come yet.

With the likes of Nic Pekin and Sean Christopher running riot in the forward line, teenager Rhona Conboy in the back pocket and John Wood in the middle, Stawell will have their work cut out.

Stawell had a couple of light sessions last week before getting back into it this week.

Coach Brad Cassidy instructed the players to enjoy their weekend off but to be ready for this week's game.

"Horsham is our biggest test for the year," Cassidy said.

"If we can't come out with maximum intensity after a week off then there is something wrong. In saying that our confidence also has to be there if we are to be a chance."

Cassidy described the Horsham team as well balanced in that they are equal in attack and defence.

"Not only are they good offensively and defensively, but they run and their skills are up with the best in the league," Cassidy said.

Stawell's best chance will come in the opening quarter, as if they are able to get early scores on the board, then anything could happen.

"We just have to turn up early. Funnier things have happened on a football field," Cassidy said.

Cassidy will also look to put the pressure on Horsham's younger players in hope of creating turnovers.

At this stage the Horsham youngsters have played very well so it will be interesting to see what sort of tactics Stawell apply, to rattle them.

After reviewing their recent game against Dimboola it became evident to Stawell just how many inside 50s the opposition teams are having.

Stawell will look to minimise the inside 50 entries of the Horsham team as well as finding more of their own.

"Win it, or halve it," was the message from Cassidy.

"We need to defend better, not just our back six, but all over the ground.

"If we apply pressure early, there is that chance they cough it up before it gets to their forwards. That means our backline isn't under as much pressure."

David Morris will be unavailable again this week, but is getting closer to the mark having trained this week after an early preseason hamstring injury.

"He has already done it twice, so we have to be cautious," Cassidy said.

"We can't afford for him to do it again."

Brenton Potter and Liam Nuske will return to the team, as will Toby Reid who three weeks ago fractured his thumb.

Stawell will play in front of their home crowd at Central Park with action from 2.20pm tomorrow.


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