Horsham v Stawell

IN FORM: Stawell midfielder Cameron Kimber will be important if the Warriors are to challenge Horsham on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

IN FORM: Stawell midfielder Cameron Kimber will be important if the Warriors are to challenge Horsham on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Horsham City Oval, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round six, 2014. Horsham 29.16 (190) d Stawell 9.9 (63).

HORSHAM will continue to press its case for the minor premiership when it hosts Stawell on Saturday. 

With four matches to play, the Demons are locked in a two-horse race with Warrack Eagles to finish on top of the ladder.

A win for the Demons would give them four in a row and return them to the top of the table on percentage.

Horsham co-coach Jordyn Burke said the focus would be on doing the right things before the finals.

“The four games ahead of us are pretty important and there’s still plenty on the line,” he said.

“The main priority is ticking off those four games.

“It’s easy to get too far ahead of yourself.”

Both sides will be returning from a fortnight’s break.

Stawell coach Brad Cassidy said his side was looking for an improved showing after a 20-goal loss to Dimboola.

“We were very disappointed with that,” he said.

“We’ve got to be more competitive in all areas and sustain that not just for this week, but the next three games after that.”

Burke said the Demons would be close to full strength, with a number of reserves players also pressing their case for selection.

For the Warriors, midfield duo Jesse Eckel and Aidan Potter will be important inclusions, while Nathan Sabbo and possibly Mitch Olafsen will earn senior selection.

Scott Rathgeber will miss the rest of the season with injury, while Trevor Matthews is unavailable.

Cassidy said his side, which has set its sights on beating a team above it on the ladder in its final four games, knew how big a challenge the Demons would be.

“We’re under no illusion – we’re coming up against the best side in the competition,” he said.

“The Demons are obviously heading towards a finals campaign, so they’ll want to keep the wins coming.

"We’ve got to be accountable – and when we get the ball we want to retain possession and then attack with some high tempo footy.”

The Warriors will be relying on in-form midfielders Cam Kimber and skipper Tom Eckel to lead the charge, while Jackson Dark and David Morris have also been important in recent weeks.

They will face a Demons side full of quality, and which won by 137 points when the sides last met.

Joel Geue and Brad Hartigan have both hit a rich vein of form, while tall targets Sean Christopher and Burke will also pose a threat up forward.

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