Big games to complete round
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.
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.