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?