On the radar

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals -

What has been crit­i­cal in the team’s evo­lu­tion is that it has worked out a way to kick enough goals to win games. This is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause the Saints have strug­gled all sea­son to kick win­ning scores.

Was it a co­in­ci­dence that this turned around when Ja­cob Cooke-har­ri­son re­turned to the Saints? Not on your life, it meant ev­ery­thing and with Cooke-har­ri­son in­el­i­gi­ble to play in the fi­nals there is again a ques­tion mark about Saints’ abil­ity in front of the sticks.

Cooke-har­ri­son hasn’t kicked all the goals but his cre­ativ­ity and in­flu­ence in the for­ward line is sig­nif­i­cant and his ab­sence means the Saints have to find some­one else to play that role.

The Saints have other goal-kick­ing op­tions in the likes of Matt Combe and young Mitch Martin and also rely heav­ily on mid­field­ers to push for­ward and kick goals.

This mid­field group has be­come the back­bone of the Saints game with Toohey Medal­list Sam Clyne, Ja­cob O’beirne, Sam Jasper and coach Luke Fisher, whose im­pact on the game is in­creas­ing ev­ery week. This is a for­mi­da­ble group when on song.

The Saints are work­man-like in much of their ap­proach, es­pe­cially from de­fence where Ryan Bird, Xan­der Mcrae and An­drew Dev­ereaux work solidly to limit op­po­si­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In sum­mary, Hor­sham Saints’ fi­nals chances will rely heav­ily on the lead­er­ship of Fisher and the form of their highly rated mid­field in de­fence as well as at­tack. Crit­i­cally, their abil­ity to kick a win­ning score with a star short in at­tack might ul­ti­mately prove to be their achilles heel.

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