Strength in

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Hdfnl Finals - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Some­times there is plenty to be said for con­sis­tency; some­times there is plenty to be said for change.

For Eden­hope-ap­s­ley, a lit­tle bit of both has helped put the club in po­si­tion for more Horsham Dis­trict league fi­nals suc­cess.

Af­ter the Saints made last sea­son’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in coach Chris Oliver’s first year in charge, ex­pec­ta­tions for 2019 were high.

Oliver ad­mit­ted as much when talk­ing to The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser be­fore the start of this sea­son, say­ing the Saints’ goal was to ‘ob­vi­ously make fi­nals and go deep… and in re­al­ity, at least make the grand fi­nal’.

With such lofty am­bi­tions, some might have ex­pected the Saints to go on a re­cruit­ing spree in an ef­fort to com­pete with the elite teams in the league.

In­stead the team adopted an ethos of qual­ity over quan­tity.

Af­ter los­ing key con­trib­u­tors Dy­lan Achi­son and Sam Mcclure, the Saints tar­geted Lox­ton North’s Ryan Gray and South Gam­bier for­ward Carl Slape while also en­tic­ing for­mer player Ge­orge Walker back from Gor­don in the Cen­tral High­lands league.

The moves yielded im­me­di­ate div­i­dends; Slape and Walker have formed one of the most dan­ger­ous goal-kick­ing

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