Ea­gles’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals - BY DAVID JOHNS

Let’s turn back the clock 12 months. What we were say­ing then about War­rack Ea­gles in Wim­mera Foot­ball League is pretty much the same as this sea­son.

The Ea­gles have been a frus­trat­ing team to fol­low, but af­ter all of their in­con­sis­ten­cies now find them­selves fight­ing it out in the fi­nals.

The late con­fir­ma­tion of the Ea­gles se­cur­ing an elim­i­na­tion-fi­nal berth came af­ter some gritty ef­forts late in the sea­son and it’s that hard­ened edge that should hold the team in good stead.

But it would be hard for any punter to con­fi­dently put money on this side, con­sid­er­ing the Ea­gles’ zigzag­ging win-loss record through­out the sea­son.

Early-sea­son pre­dic­tions had the team sit­ting top three on the back of news that Nick Peters and Jeremy Clay­ton had joined the camp. But per­haps there was gen­eral un­der­es­ti­ma­tion of the im­pact of notable de­par­tures and the high level of com­pet­i­tive­ness across the league.

War­rack Ea­gles are in the fi­nals be­cause they are start­ing to play to the level and con­sis­tency fans have been ex­pect­ing. In­ter­est­ingly, the Ea­gles ap­pear to en­joy tak­ing on the chal­lenge of play­ing highly ranked op­po­nents and in games of late have fully tested teams in­clud­ing mi­nor premier Hor­sham.

There seems lit­tle doubt that War­rack Ea­gles, un­der the lead­er­ship of Ryan Mcken­zie, have the abil­ity to push deeply into the fi­nals. Let’s not for­get they nearly played off a grand fi­nal last year. But the ques­tion is – which Ea­gles will turn up to play in the fi­nals? Will it be the hardrun­ning, di­rect and de­ter­mined Ea­gles or the patchy-form Ea­gles?

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