Fi­nals x-fac­tor

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals -

This is on the back of the likes of Mitch Martin and Justin Hel­yar re­turn­ing from elite un­der-18 com­mit­ments, for­ward Matt Combe over­com­ing in­jury and in the shad­ows of the home-and-away sea­son, star Ja­cob Cooke-har­ri­son on the park af­ter miss­ing most of the year.

All of a sud­den, Hor­sham Saints now ap­pear to be a 15 to 20-goal side in­stead of a 10-goal group and this ob­vi­ously au­gurs well for their fi­nals cam­paign.

The Saints base their game on zon­ing pres­sure and back­ing them­selves through the likes of Sam Clyne, Fisher, Fer­gus O’con­nor and Sam Jasper to gen­er­ate tempo foot­ball.

The re­al­ity is the Saints are the best struc­turally or­gan­ised team in the fi­nals.

The re­turn of ruck­man Michael Rowe to Wim­mera league has been fan­tas­tic for the group. Rowe’s ruck work and com­pet­i­tive­ness across the ground is in­valu­able.

Alexan­der Mcrae is the club’s back­line gen­eral and Andrew Dev­ereaux is his wor­thy lieu­tenant.

At the other end, Ja­cob O’beirne and Combe, with Cooke-har­ri­son, pro­vide a multi-pronged for­ward line that can give op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers a mighty runaround. But what about the team’s grand-fi­nal as­pi­ra­tions? The team was in the sea­son play-off only two years ago and still boasts solid fi­nals ex­pe­ri­ence through­out the side.

The Saints’ team brand of foot­ball, for which they are renowned, has all the at­tributes to be play­ing on the big day in Septem­ber.

The Saints will need to draw ev­ery­thing they have to get across the line, but results sug­gest they also play on high lev­els of self-belief.

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