WFL | Stawell v Dimboola preview

Tom Eckel.

Tom Eckel.

Stawell will get back into Wimmera Football League (WFL) action following the interleague break, when they take on Dimboola this Saturday.

A number of Stawell players made the trip to Moama to play in the WFL’s loss against the Murray Football League.

Warriors coach and WFL representative Tom Eckel said the interleague clash was a great experience.

“The standard of footy is a lot higher in those games, so it improves your footy.

“You learn a lot when playing against a quality opposition like the Murray league,” he said.

Eckel said his players that did not take part in the interleague game benefited from the week off.

“It was great to have the week off and freshen up.

“We are ready to go for the rest of the season now,” he said.

The Warriors will be looking to rejoin the winners list, after a 35-point loss to Horsham in round three.

Eckel said they used the game as a learning experience.

“Horsham are definitely the benchmark this year.

“We need to know that we are not going win games just off talent,” he said.

This is the first season Eckel has juggled the role of captain and coach and said he is still trying to get used to it.

“It is a different role trying to coach and play.

“We have got really good leaders around to help me out,” he said.

Among those players has been Jackson Dark, who has had an outstanding start to the 2017 season with two best on ground performances for Stawell, and selection into the WFL interleague side as centre half back. 

“There has been no pressure on Jackson this year,” Eckel said.

“He has been marking the ball well and has been really strong down back for us.” 

Eckel said his forwards have also been good so far this season.

“Our big forwards have been terrific.

“We just need to start delivering the ball a bit better to them,” he said.

Stawell will host bottom placed Dimboola on Saturday at Central Park.

First bounce is at 2.20pm.