Stawell Warriors courageous in defeat

Stawell Westlift Warriors were courageous in defeat as they lost to Minyip Murtoa in the Wimmera Football League.

David Morris was a key contributor for Stawell on Saturday.

David Morris was a key contributor for Stawell on Saturday.

Warriors made it clear three weeks ago that they wanted at least one more win before the end of the season and with a little more time on the clock, it may just have happened.

Minyip Murtoa look set to play finals, but they certainly will question their ability after a gallant fightback from Stawell.

After an average first half Warriors weren't completely out of the contest trailing by 34 points at the main break.

Similar to last week, Stawell turned in a poor third term and allowed the Burras to kick seven goals to two.

Three quarter time couldn't come quick enough for coach Brad Cassidy.

"I just asked the boys to be long and effective," Cassidy said.

"There was nothing special, just kick it long and get to the fall of the ball."

In the final term Stawell found their second wind and were able to swing the momentum in their favour.

Cam Kimber was able to win his own ball out of the middle and encourage his teammates to lift around him.

Helping his cause was a brilliant goal 40 metres out from the boundary after a wayward kick from Minyip Murtoa went out of bounds on the full.

Kimber then broke through the middle of a congestion in the forward line to kick two within two minutes.

Following some individual brilliance from Kimber were goals to Liam Nuske, Sean Ellis and captain Tom Eckel.

With five unanswered goals, the margin was reduced to under 30 points, but a 50 metre penalty put ruckman Kieran Delahunty within range and he was able to convert.

The way Stawell finished off the game would have been pleasing for not only the coach, but the players as well.

"It is great for the boys to finally get some reward," Cassidy said.

"They were persistent and it paid off."

Kimber has been one of the more consistent performers for the Warriors this season and this game was no exception with another best on ground performance.

"Cam's kicking has improved which is helping his game, but his running capacity has probably changed his game the most," Cassidy said.

"He has the ability to win his own football and the more touches you get the more chance you have of being effective."

Cassidy's main focus this week at training is to keep the confidence of the group up in hope they they can pick up from where they left off.

Stawell will take on a fired up Ararat, who will be desperate for a win on Saturday, as they look to grab a final five finish.

"We need to start like we finished against Minyip to give ourselves a crack," Cassidy said.

The only player to suffer an injury was Andrew Cameron who strained a muscle in his quadricep.

The final score was Minyip Murtoa 16.11.107 defeating Stawell 11.12.78.


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