Big games to com­plete round

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Wim­mera Foot­ball League will con­tinue to pro­vide early in­sight into team for­tunes when a split round one con­tin­ues this week­end.

Head­lin­ing the ac­tion is a huge Sun­day clash be­tween arch ri­vals Hor­sham and Hor­sham Saints in what looms as a po­ten­tial bench­mark con­test.

Both camps prom­ise plenty, with Hor­sham keen to get its ti­tle de­fence off to a fly­ing start and the Saints deter­mined to rekin­dle fi­nals form.

Hor­sham Saints fin­ished last sea­son strongly and un­der the guid­ance of a fit Luke Fisher are sure to quickly make their pres­ence felt.

Hor­sham has had a re­volv­ing door of play­ers dur­ing the pre-sea­son, but early signs are that Deek Roberts’ Demons are again well bal­anced and primed.

Re­turn­ing Jor­dyn Burke is among play­ers sure to have a ma­jor say in pro­ceed­ings.

Week­end ac­tion kicks off on Satur­day with a twi­light con­test be­tween last year’s grand-fi­nal run­ner-up Minyip-mur­toa and Dim­boola un­der lights at Mur­toa.

Ex­pec­ta­tions are that Minyip-mur­toa will again quickly prove it­self to be com­pe­ti­tion heavy­weight, but the jury is out re­gard­ing Dim­boola.

Dim­boola is des­per­ate to get some fresh trac­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion and all eyes will be peeled to see whether highly-rated new­comer Justin Beuge­laar and fel­low Dar­win im­ports Jack Hatcher and Daniel Simp­son line up for the first game.

The coaches of both teams, Al Mckin­non for Dim­boola, and Damian Cameron, lead by ex­am­ple, which sets the tone for a fas­ci­nat­ing en­counter.

Ice-breaker

This week­end’s games will com­plete round one af­ter Southern Mallee Gi­ants broke the ice in their Wim­mera league de­but by beat­ing War­rack Ea­gles.

The Gi­ants, who many footy pun­dits have al­ready slot­ted into this year’s fi­nals, shot out of the blocks at War­rackn­abeal’s An­zac Park to es­tab­lish a 46-point lead at quar­ter time.

The Ea­gles pegged them back by half time, but their north­ern neigh­bours pushed the lead out again later in the game and ul­ti­mately won by 43.

The Gi­ants had plenty of good play­ers in the win, Tyler Lehmann and coach Cole­man Schache head­ing the list and Sam Wed­dell, Zac Robins and Brock Or­val also shin­ing.

For the Ea­gles, Char­lie Wil­son bagged four goals in an im­pres­sive dis­play and Shan­non Ar­gall, Mal­colm Dou­glas, Jeremy Clay­ton and Aaron Watts were also prom­i­nent.

Ararat was far too good for Stawell in a Good Fri­day game and Stawell will all but reload and start its sea­son again when it plays again next week.

The War­riors have en­dured a tough start, hav­ing sev­ered con­nec­tions with gun re­cruit Jack An­thony af­ter Easter and then part­ing ways with coach Col Ma­caf­fer over ‘dif­fer­ing opin­ions’ last week.

Stawell has turned to ex­pe­ri­enced Jamie Solyom and on-field leader Damian Joiner to pro­vide coach­ing di­rec­tion for the rest of the sea­son.

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