The Stawell Warriors will be looking to continue their winning form in the 2021 WFNL season, but a Giant test stands in their way in round four.
The Warriors claimed another convincing result on Saturday, with a 100-point win over the Warrack Eagles, putting them atop of the WFNL senior football ladder.
Coach Tom Eckel kicked four goals and was named best on ground, while Cody Driscoll kicked eight goals on the day, giving him 18 for the season.
Stawell Warriors football co-manager Blair Hart was pleased with the win, but said the scoreboard didn't fairly reflect the contest.
"The scoreboard probably flattered us a little bit," he said.
"We kicked a few goals late and Warrack definitely put it to us early but we kept getting inside 50s and putting pressure on and after a while they tired and the game started coming our way a little bit.
"Halfway through the second quarter, it was only four or five goals. If they got a couple we might have been on the backfoot a bit, but our defense held up again, which is really, really impressive."
Despite three big wins to start the season the Warriors are wary of their opposition on Saturday.
The Giants are riding high after they claimed a dramatic one-point win over Minyip-Murtoa in the round three 2019 grand final rematch.
Hart said the Warriors are excited for the challenge of facing the red-hot Giants.
"It's just exciting for us and will really tell us where we're at," he said.
"They're always classy. I think it's going to be won in the midfield and hopefully we can get on top in there and keep putting the pressure on their classy onballers and that will stop them getting that easy ball going forward.
"We're going to go there with the attitude that we can win and we know it's not going to be a walk in the park.
"We know that we're gonna have to play very good football, we're gonna ask to work hard both ways."
On the netball court, the Warriors will also have a tough match-up with the Southern Mallee Giants' early season form looking ominous.
The Giants have had two big wins to start the season, while Warriors suffered their first loss of the 2021 WFNL season as they went down by just seven goals to the Eagles.
The Warriors started slowly and trailed 17-7 at quarter-time. They were able to peg back some of the margin, but fell short 51-44.
WFNL round four fixtures
- BYE- Minyip Murtoa
- Dimboola v Ararat
- Horsham Saints v Nhill
- Stawell v Southern Mallee Giants
- Warrack Eagles v Horsham
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