Stawell Warriors face tough mission

WITH two big losses on the books, the Stawell Westlift Warriors will be looking to step up when they clash with Minyip/Murtoa for the third time in this Wimmera Football League season.

Jackson dark takes a one hander against Horsham Saints last week and will be an important player again tomorrow.

Jackson dark takes a one hander against Horsham Saints last week and will be an important player again tomorrow.

Warriors coach, Brad Cassidy is not shying away from the fact his young team has suffered two convincing losses at the hands of the Burras, but is confident his team can improve the third time around at Murtoa tomorrow.

"We need to make sure we match up better both individually and collectively this time.

"The last time we clashed their key ability was to be at the contests a lot quicker, harder and longer than us and obviously quicker away from the contest, getting the ball out to their spread of loose players they created.

"We need to improve in this area, we have trained for it and we are getting better at it and we need to be good at it this week.

"This is our task, we need to be competitive," Cassidy said.

He said he was happy with three of the quarters his players put in against the Horsham Saints last week.

"We have a young group and you can't afford to be too critical.

"We need to have numbers going to the contest and gradually we are getting better at it in the second half of the season and I am pleased with this," Cassidy said.

Warriors will go into this clash missing key forwards Todd Cleary and Brenton Potter, who will both be unavailable.

Young midfielder Liam Scott will miss again with an ankle injury, but is expected to be available for the final round clash against Ararat.

Cassidy said it was likely reserves players, who have been performing of late, including Tom O'Neill and Nathan Sabbo will be considered for selection for tomorrow's clash.

The young leadership brigade of Tom Eckel, Jackson Dark, David Morris and Todd Matthews will be looked towards, to provide the spark for Warriors.

Matthews took on a tagging role last week and played what was his best game for the season, so it could be expected he will get a similar role tomorrow.

Onballer Aiden Potter, ruckman Shane Field and defender Zac Marrow, must also play big roles if Warriors are to improve on their previous two outings against the Burras.

The Burras are flying, they proved this last week with a close five point win over the Warrack Eagles.

Up forward Clint Midgely and Kieran Delahunty can be match winners for the Burras, while Warriors must stop the run of Adam Gerdtz, Justin Garth and Kade Petering.


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