Stawell v Minyip-Murtoa

EYES ON THE BALL: Stawell's Matt Considine looks to mark in a match against Warrack Eagles earlier this year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

EYES ON THE BALL: Stawell's Matt Considine looks to mark in a match against Warrack Eagles earlier this year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Central Park, Stawell, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round one, 2014. Minyip-Murtoa 25.6 (156) d Stawell 8.15 (63).

MINYIP-MURTOA will attempt to bounce back from consecutive one-point losses when it plays Stawell on Saturday. 

After three losses by less than a goal this season, the Burras sit sixth on the ladder, making their clash with the seventh-placed Warriors critical.

Burras coach Scott Arnold said his side was now extra motivated to have a win.

"We've had a really good response," he said

"The players have made that commitment to keep improving so we get over the line in those close ones.

"We haven't been playing terribly we've lost to those top three teams by a combined six points, so we've just got to keep trying to produce."

Arnold said his side, which enjoyed a 93-point season-opening win against the Warriors, would be fully prepared.

"It's no different to every other week they're all important games," he said.

"We moved the footy really well against them last time and our pressure was good, but they're going to be strong opposition and we've got to get our hands on the footy."

Pivotal to the Burras' cause will a midfield brigade led by John Delahunty, who starred in the team's last outing.

Key forward Clinton Midgley has also impressed, overcoming injury to snare 10 goals in the Burras' past two matches.

Stawell will welcome David Morris for his first game this season as it chases its second win.

The Warriors were highly competitive against Horsham Saints at the weekend.

Coach Brad Cassidy is keen to see his side's improvement continue against the Burras.

"Our effort and our intent were better, our skill level improved and we played better footy," he said.

"It's important we build on last round's performance.

"Minyip-Murtoa has lost a couple of close games and we're under no illusion that it's a good side and we'll need to perform well."

Cassidy said fighting out quarters would also be a major focus.

" We've got to dig our heels in a bit and keep fighting quarters out I want us to be the better side in that five-minute red time," he said.

Warriors forwards Brenton Potter, 12 goals, and Chris Ford, nine goals, will be important, with Cassidy confident both will fight off injury clouds.

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