Rats, Gi­ants in pre­lim re­match

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Classified­s - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Ararat and South­ern Mallee Gi­ants are the only teams left in the way of a per­fect Wim­mera Foot­ball League sea­son by Minyip­mur­toa.

The Rats and Gi­ants will bat­tle it out in Sun­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Dim­boola for the right to chal­lenge the Bur­ras for the flag.

Minyip-mur­toa will take a week’s rest and plenty of con­fi­dence onto the big stage af­ter a clinical 12.10 (82) to 8.7 (55) win against the Gi­ants dur­ing Saturday’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal at Stawell’s Cen­tral Park.

Minyip-mur­toa’s full-ground pres­sure – one of its big­gest strengths this sea­son – was on full dis­play as the Gi­ants strug­gled to move the ball with any flu­ency.

The Bur­ras made them pay on the re­bound, as Bray­den Ison, Nick Kel­son and Brad Inglis kicked seven goals be­tween them. Broth­ers Tim and Ben Mcin­tyre found plenty of the foot­ball and co-cap­tain Luke Cham­ber­lain was ex­cel­lent in de­fence.

For the Gi­ants, it was half backs Sam White and Sam Wed­dell in the thick of the ac­tion for a sec­ond straight week, but whereas the pair was able to con­sis­tently set up at­tack­ing moves in their first fi­nal against Ararat, on Saturday they were on the back foot.

Josh Web­ster was a lone stand­out up

for­ward with four goals, and Wed­dell snuck for­ward to kick two.

Gi­ants coach Cole­man Schache paid credit to a dom­i­nant team per­for­mance by Minyip-mur­toa, say­ing his team needed to im­prove if it hoped to face the Bur­ras in a grand fi­nal re­match.

“They played to their game plan re­ally well and we couldn’t get the ball mov­ing the way we would have liked,” he said.

“They moved the ball from one end of the ground to the other and scored pretty flu­ently, and we couldn’t do the same at our end.”

While the Gi­ants over­came Ararat two weeks ago, Schache said he ex­pected a much more com­pet­i­tive show­ing from the Rats on Sun­day.

Ararat, for its part, looked sharp in a 10.7 (67) to 6.8 (44) win against Hor­sham Saints in windy con­di­tions at Nhill’s Davis Park.

With mid­field-for­ward Jack Gan­ley run­ning hard to break the lines and Jake Wil­liamson col­lect­ing the footy at will across half back, the team was able to over­come a 14-point quar­ter time deficit.

Cooper Heard was a handy in­clu­sion for the Rats with three goals, as was Cody Lind­say in the ruck.

With the Saints miss­ing num­ber one ruck­man Michael Rowe, they turned to cen­tre half for­ward An­gus Martin to pinch hit.

While Martin was solid, the Saints lacked his pres­ence in the for­ward line as Nick Caris be­came their only mark­ing tar­get.

Caris kicked two goals and took some good con­tested marks, but the rest of the for­ward line failed to fire.

Saints coach Luke Fisher lamented a poor per­for­mance, but said his team had a bright fu­ture.

“There are heaps of young guys play­ing their first year of se­nior footy,” he said.

“I think we had four un­der-17 play­ers and you wouldn’t know, be­cause it wasn’t them drag­ging the chain.”

Ararat coach Shane Fisher was pleased with his side’s re­sponse to a tough loss to the Gi­ants in the first week of fi­nals.

He said the Rats had learned some lessons from the en­counter and were de­ter­mined to put forth an im­proved per­for­mance on Sun­day.

“In home and away you’ve got a lot of time to be able to work on things, but in fi­nals as a coach you’re a bit con­cerned when you put in an or­di­nary one,” he said.

“I put a lot of faith in the group this week and I think they all re­paid it to them­selves.

“We were good against the Gi­ants in patches, so we go into next week con­fi­dent that if we play to our strengths we can beat them.

“They’re prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit stronger than us, but if we can tidy up some things that we learnt last time and that we ti­died up against the Saints, we give our­selves a chance.”

Minyip-mur­toa’s Tim Mcken­zie closes in on Gi­ant Josh Web­ster.

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