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The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals - BY DAVID JOHNS

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?

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