Warrack Eagles v Horsham Saints

INJURED: Warrack Eagles' Jesse Murphy is out with a hamstring injury. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
INJURED: Warrack Eagles' Jesse Murphy is out with a hamstring injury. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Brim Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round five, 2014. Warrack Eagles 14.10 (94) d Horsham Saints 10.11 (71).

SECOND place on the ladder will be up for grabs when Warrack Eagles host Horsham Saints at Brim on Saturday.

The Eagles hold onto the position, sitting a game ahead of the Saints.

But the red-hot Saints have won their past six matches, and will be keen to add the Eagles to the list of teams they have defeated this season.

Saints coach Shayne Breuer said the side’s sterling form meant it would be fully prepared for the challenge.

“The one thing it does is gives us a little bit of confidence as a group that we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.

“It’s going to be a great test for us.

“Warrack has been a leader this year with Horsham, so we’re looking forward to it.”

The Saints’ forwards should be in good touch after their massive 180-point win over Nhill at the weekend.

Jacob Cooke-Harrison, seven goals, combined with the likes of George Walker, Nathan Clough and Daniel Rees to pile on 30 goals for the Saints.

Breuer said the equation required to beat the Eagles was simple.

“Like every week our focus is playing the best possible footy we can,” he said.

“Hopefully that means we get the win and the four points.”

Injuries have not helped the Eagles’ cause in recent weeks.

Big names Clayton Hinkley, shoulder, Ben Harrison, hamstring, and Jesse Murphy, hamstring, have been among the injured Eagles, while ruckman James Kirby and midfielder Jake Peters have returned.

Other players, including Dale Hinkley, Jacob Cheney and Jae McGrath, have stepped up.

Breuer said his side could not afford to underestimate the quality of the hosts.

“We know with Warrack there’s plenty of guys you need to keep an eye on,” he said.

“I know they’ve got a few injuries but you can never take them lightly.”

Breuer said defenders Dennis Adams and Steve Thomas could return from injury and push for selection.


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