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

Wim­mera Foot­ball League fans ex­pected com­pe­ti­tion new­comer South­ern Mallee Giants to quickly make an im­pres­sion and be­come a pacesetter – and they have proven as much.

In fact the Giants, af­ter a highly com­pet­i­tive year, are the only side to fin­ish where 3WM’S Lo­cal Foot­ball Live com­men­tary team pre­dicted at the start of the sea­son. The over­all pic­ture pro­vided by the Giants in the com­pe­ti­tion is that they have added new faces and fresh spice to the league and now even ri­val Hor­sham as the team ev­ery­one else wants to beat.

Early sea­son form sug­gested the Giants might only be sim­ply com­pet­i­tive with­out be­ing out­stand­ing – but quickly spurred on, per­haps awak­ened, to what Wim­mera foot­ball was all about.

As the year pro­gressed, the Giants ad­justed their struc­tures and in­ten­sity to be, over­all, the best team on pa­per in the com­pe­ti­tion. The Giants, when op­po­si­tion sides let them play the way they want, move the ball bet­ter than any other side in the league. As a re­sult they can score freely and of­ten.

What some of us have no­ticed is that when the Giants have come up against teams that struc­ture up strongly and slow them down, they be­come vul­ner­a­ble.

This has never been more ev­i­dent than in the two games the team has lost against Hor­sham Saints.

The ad­van­tage the Giants have over other top five sides in the fi­nals is the abil­ity to be able to change their struc­tures on the fly. The team has an abun­dance of ver­sa­tile util­ity play­ers who ap­pear at home in var­i­ous po­si­tions and roles. This flex­i­bil­ity is the envy of most other teams in the com­pe­ti­tion and is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage in fi­nals foot­ball.

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