Well for fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals -

At the fore­front is goal-kick­ing mid­fielder Kieran El­lis, who is a won­der­ful user of the footy and one of the rea­sons the Ea­gles have done well in get­ting the ball for­ward.

He has had an out­stand­ing year, his abil­ity to turn onto his pre­ferred left leg of­ten wrong-foot­ing op­po­nents.

The big ques­tion sur­round­ing War­rack Ea­gles has been the in­jury to as­sis­tant coach and ruck­man Shan­non Ar­gall, miss­ing in ac­tion for sev­eral weeks.

The Ea­gles have lacked tall tim­ber in the ab­sence of Ar­gall and he would cer­tainly make a dif­fer­ence to the team’s for­tunes in the fi­nals.

With­out him, the team is likely to strug­gle to find ruck­ing depth, es­pe­cially against both Hor­sham and Minyip-mur­toa.

What’s good about the Ea­gles is that when they move the ball quickly and are on song as a play­ing group, a va­ri­ety of goalscor­ing op­tions emerge.

Play­ers such as Jesse Mur­phy and Josh Bibby are im­por­tant fin­ish­ers, Mur­phy in par­tic­u­lar has been reg­u­larly thread­ing the sticks of late, while Bibby will be keen to rekin­dle good form early in the sea­son.

The Ea­gles also have a will­ing fleet of play­ers keen to make a fi­nals im­pres­sion – none more so than con­sis­tent Ri­ley Mor­row and Ben Spicer, who is a proven con­test­ed­ball win­ner and an im­por­tant cog in their fi­nals cam­paign.

In sum­mary, ev­ery­thing has to go right for the War­rack Ea­gles for the team to make the sea­son fi­nale.

De­spite the out­fit fin­ish­ing third af­ter the home-and-away sea­son, pun­dits are un­likely to have pen­ciled in the Yar­ri­ambi­ack com­bine for the grand fi­nal.

But this fact alone could se­ri­ously work in its favour be­cause the team’s best foot­ball will se­ri­ously threaten any op­po­nent in the fi­nals.

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