Bur­ras

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

Minyip-mur­toa will take a mixed bag of form into Wim­mera Foot­ball League fi­nals but en­ters the end-of-sea­son show­down as one of the hard­est teams in the com­pe­ti­tion to beat.

What I like about the Bur­ras is that they have a good mix­ture of talls and run­ners in all three parts of the ground – or in other words – depth and bal­ance.

Minyip-mur­toa has play­ers to mix and match and as a re­sult is heavy on player ro­ta­tions, which might for much of the sea­son have been more about player man­age­ment than gain­ing an edge in spe­cific games.

At times dur­ing the sea­son the Bur­ras have had be­tween 60 to 65 ro­ta­tions a game, and while this is good in keep­ing play­ers fresh, on some oc­ca­sions it might have ham­pered the team’s abil­ity to put games they have dom­i­nated to bed.

To be able to ro­tate play­ers in this way seems a good prob­lem to have but come fi­nals, team lead­ers will have to care­fully man­age what they do and be care­ful to avoid ro­tat­ing play­ers sim­ply for ro­ta­tion’s sake.

Minyip-mur­toa has the abil­ity to win this year’s grand fi­nal and has been favourite for most of the year.

In my mind, two things that might hin­der the Bur­ras’ ef­forts is lin­ger­ing ex­pec­ta­tion in the back of their minds af­ter suf­fer­ing a nar­row loss last year and their for­ward line func­tion­ing to its max­i­mum abil­ity.

From an at­tack­ing per­spec­tive for the Bur­ras, it’s a mat­ter of get­ting the bal­ance be­tween tall and small for­wards right.

Whether they are will­ing to press hard with a three-pronged tall for­ward set-up or be con­sis­tently cre­ative in at­tack with ro­ta­tions re­mains to be seen.

The Bur­ras have been the envy of many clubs in the com­pe­ti­tions this year based the depth of ta­lent in their ranks.

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