Hard to beat
For a start, Toohey Medallist and ruckman Kieran Delahunty provides first use to his onballers and his mobility around the ground is a mighty asset.
He also has a more than capable change-up partner in nononsense Warwick Stone.
Delahunty has great hands and easily rates among the best big men in the competition. He will work as part of a cohesive unit that includes coach Damian Cameron, John Delahunty, Kade Petering and Sam Winfield.
The big man also has the benefit of knowing that this group generates enormous competitive drive when engaged in the contested ball.
Cameron and John Delahunty in particular have strength over the ball and Petering and Winfield the class to finish off by foot.
The Burras’ primary forward is long and lean Brayden Ison, who is having his best season in Wimmera league and taking full command of a generous amount of natural skill.
He is dangerous in front of goal, even from a long way out, and has a good ally in Angus Trethowan, who takes the ball hard and floats into the space well and is always good for a couple of goals.
Fellow tall Jae Mcgrath has also kicked plenty of goals this year and considering his season will be under pressure to perform on the bigger stage.
Defensively, much comes down to Luke Chamberlain in the key centre half back post and the dash from half back generated by in-form Oliver Young.
Proven defenders also include drifting Justin Garth and in-andunder specialist Tom Cooper.
The Burras also have the benefit of having experienced elder statesman Clinton Midgley who they can use as all-round intuitive defender or as attacking pinch-hitting forward.
In summing up, Minyipmurtoa deserves to have been premiership favourite for most of the year, but inconsistent form in the lead-up to the finals has opened the door for other challengers.