Afew weeks ago, I wouldn’t have given you two bob to put on Horsham Saints to have any sort of impact on Wimmera Football League’s finals series.
Early in the season the side, while showing glimpses of the competitiveness that took it to a back-toback flag last year, appeared well off the pace and destined to battle it out on the top-five fringe.
It was the form and fortune that many league followers had predicted considering the club had continued to turn over players, had a new coach and had parked itself into a consolidating mode. But how things change in only a few short weeks. It is almost as if the Saints, in catching the scent of approaching finals in the nostrils, have suddenly evolved into a fresh and threatening force.
Forget about what happened last weekend in the last-hurrah home-and-away game – it’s irrelevant. It’s what’s been happening in little more than the past month that tells the story.
After a heavy and crushing 89-point disaster to Minyip-murtoa and then a relatively narrow loss to Warrack Eagles in July, the Saints went on to win equally tight games against Nhill and Ararat. But then, it suddenly got interesting. The Saints ripped through Stawell in a landmark result and then shocked the competition with victory over Minyip-murtoa.
The round-15 win represented a 17-goal turnaround from when the club had previously played the Burras.
But what does it all mean now, as the team prepares an attempt to collect a rare hat-trick of flags?