Warrack Eagles defeat wooden-spooner Nhill

Dale Hinkley, right, in action for Warrack Eagles. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Dale Hinkley, right, in action for Warrack Eagles. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Warrack Eagles 95 d Nhill 37

WARRACK Eagles have returned to the winners’ list after beating wooden-spooner Nhill by 58 points at Davis Park, Nhill.

The Eagles had lost their previous two matches – to Minyip-Murtoa and Horsham – but won every quarter to ease past the Tigers.

Eagles coach Tim Inkster said it had been a good opportunity to prepare for a qualifying final against Horsham Saints.

“It was a game where we sort of didn’t worry about the scoreboard too much,” he said.

“You’re always tweaking how you go about things.

“A few guys lifted their workrate – it stands to reason if you do that your form can turn around.”

Inkster said a number of players had benefited from more match time.

“Clayton Hinkley and Ben Spicer had a good hit-out, Kyle George played a full game and Dale Hinkley almost played a full game,” he said.

“We were happy to get through and get some footy into blokes.”

Clayton Hinkley, two goals, was named the Eagles’ best, while captain Ben Harrison, three goals, also impressed.

An injury to youngster Jamie Whitehead was the only downside for the third-placed visitors.

Nhill has finished the season without a win, but coach Shane Grover said he was proud of his side’s fight.

“At the start of the day, most people probably thought we would have been beaten by 100-plus points,” he said.

“The playing group should be commended for what they did – we were very undermanned and the boys just stood up.

“The boys had a a crack for four quarters, which was fantastic.”

Skipper Simon Brearley was named the Tigers’ best, while junior product James Ellis made his senior debut.

Grover also praised on-baller Liam Albrecht and defender Jake Corstens.

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