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.