Warracknabeal v Minyip-Murtoa

CONCENTRATION: Minyip-Murtoa's Liam Newell gets a kick away. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
CONCENTRATION: Minyip-Murtoa's Liam Newell gets a kick away. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Anzac Park, Warracknabeal, tomorrow, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round 14, 2013. Warrack Eagles 10.20 (80) d Minyip-Murtoa 11.11 (77).

WARRACK Eagles will look to continue their winning form when they host Minyip-Murtoa tomorrow.

The second-placed Eagles have won five in a row since an opening round loss and will meet a Burras side looking to bounce back from the narrowest of defeats at the weekend.

Eagles coach Tim Inkster said matches between the two sides were usually hard-fought.

"Every time we play them it's always a real scrap of a game it's never easy either way," he said.

"To be able to come back on Saturday was good, but again were up and down it's a matter of when we're in games, hopefully we're in them long enough."

Inkster said ruckman Scott Adams was set to return, with a number of other players including Jack Keegan and Jayden Werner possible inclusions.

He said winning the midfield duel would be crucial.

"The middle of the ground will be pretty important, and they've got the two talls up forward, who are dangerous," he said.

"If we can move it quickly and try to get it into our forward line we might be able to do some damage."

Midfielder Jake Peters has been in strong form for the Eagles, as has Jae McGrath, who has kicked eight goals in his past two outings.

Eagles defender Ben Harrison will also be pivotal again after a best on ground performance against Ararat at the weekend one of three this season. A win for the fourth-placed Burras would move them within four points of the Eagles on the ladder.

Coach Scott Arnold said his side was fairly settled heading into the match.

"It's going to be a major challenge for us they've got one of the best lists in the competition," he said. "Over the past three or four years we've played some really close contests against the top teams we need everyone to contribute."

Ruckman Kieran Delahunty has enjoyed a superb season and will be crucial, feeding the Burras' on-ball brigade first use of the ball.

Also important will be forward targets Clinton Midgley and Brayden Ison, who have combined for 19 goals in the past three matches.


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