Warriors storm home with dominant second half | Wimmera Football League 2017

James Delahunty
James Delahunty

The Warriors put the disappointment of two consecutive losses to the side with a strong 29-point win over the Horsham Saints on Saturday.

Stawell controlled the second half of the game to come away with a 16.7.103 to 11.8.74 win.

The Warriors started strongly, kicking four goals to three in the first term. 

A poor second quarter may have had Stawell fans concerned of giving up another early lead as the Saints rallied to go up by two-points at the half.

Stawell coach Tom Eckel said his team were not concerned about giving away another game after leading.

“We had a pretty poor second quarter,” he said.

“We tried to keep pretty level headed which I think we did well.

“Our previous performances did not really come into our minds at half time.”

Stawell booted six-goals to one in the third term to swing the game back in their favour.

Another five goals in the last period was enough to give Stawell the four-points.

“It was a good win and one that we definitely needed,” Eckel said.

 “The team put in a pretty good performance all round, with a really strong third quarter.”

Eckel said he believes his side won the ball with an improvement in their skills.

“Our skill level was a lot higher than it has been in previous weeks,” he said.

“We were hitting up our forwards well, our decision making had improved and we were winning a lot of contested footy.”

Brent Tuckey slotted six-goals for Stawell and was named second best on ground for the away team.

“Brent was marking everything that was going to him,” Eckel said.

“When he gets going and his confidence is up he is hard to stop.”

David Andrivon was good up forward again, kicking his third five-goal haul of the season.

James Delahunty was named best on ground in his first game back returning from an injury.

“He (Delahunty) is very important to us,” Eckel said.

“He is a great leader and is one of our best players, so it is good to have him back.”

Sean Mantell, Jesse Galea-Portelli, Jamie Bach and Cameron Kimber were also among Stawell’s best.

Having endured a wretched run with injuries so far this season, Eckel said his side escaped the game without any major concerns.

The win was highlighted with milestones to Shane Field and Eckel.

Field brought up his 150th senior game, while Eckel played his 200th game for Stawell.

“To play 200 games for the one club is pretty special.,” Eckel said.

The Warriors move clear to fourth on the Wimmera Football League ladder, with four wins and three losses after seven rounds. 

Eckel believes his side are still capable of a top three finish.

“I think we showed on the weekend that we have what it takes to be a top three team in the league,” he said.