Time to shine
Much depends on how the robust Mckenzie, equally at home in attack or on the ball, plays and whether the team can fully exploit the rucking, marking and goal-kicking ability of big man Shannon Argall.
Ball magnet Peters can also play at a level above the competition when on song. His foot skills are elite in Wimmera league and his ability to turn defence into attack is considerable.
The Eagles’ scattergun approach to playing attacking football is great to watch when they get it right and opens opportunities for their squad of youngsters.
And it’s a method that also opens the door for rising spearhead talent Dalton Jeansch.
If Jeansch can find space and team-mates honour his leads, his ability to be damaging will come to the fore.
The Eagles have also come to rely heavily on the mop-up expertise of Riley Morrow, who accumulates important settling touches through half back each week.
The x-factor player the Eagles are likely to miss, and who could make the team a five-goalbetter side if available, is wildly talented Charlie Wilson. But Wilson, on the footy pathway, might have bigger fish to fry.
So just what are the Eagles’ chances to not only get past the first week of finals but to also threaten for a spot in the season climax? Pick a card.
The team has the potential but inconsistency throughout the season more than suggests it will need to pull out something special to be a serious threat.