Ea­gles placed

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

War­rack Ea­gles have ev­ery rea­son to dream about what Wim­mera Foot­ball League fi­nals might of­fer. The Ea­gles have con­tin­ued their rise in the com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the past cou­ple of years and have been re­warded with a third-place fin­ish. The Ea­gles are an in­ter­est­ing out­fit that might be ca­pa­ble of any­thing in the right cir­cum­stance. They have adopted an open, free-flow­ing style of game, which has al­lowed coach Ryan Mcken­zie to ma­nip­u­late his group based on player re­sources at his dis­posal – a move that has been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing the Ea­gles a dou­ble chance. Dur­ing the past few weeks of the home-and-away sea­son the Ea­gles have had a few hic­cups, but they have been more than com­pet­i­tive at times against the top two sides. The Ea­gles might be the ben­e­fi­ciary of the chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment and oc­ca­sion of a fi­nals se­ries and it wouldn’t be a sur­prise in the next cou­ple of weeks if they were on the win­ning end of a boilover up­set re­sult. The Ea­gles will cer­tainly aim to use the dou­ble chance to their ad­van­tage and have a young side that can be fu­elled and heav­ily in­flu­enced by mo­men­tum. Much de­pends on how well coach Mcken­zie can in­spire his team through di­rec­tion, strat­egy and his own per­for­mance, es­pe­cially with con­ver­sion in front of the sticks. What was ob­vi­ous when call­ing Ea­gles games from the broad­cast box was how im­por­tant it was for them to win the ball out of the mid­dle and for their play­ers, when they find space, to use the ball well.

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