No easy task for Horsham

Warrack Eagles Heath Schulz attempts to smother Demon Damien Skurrie's kick earlier this season.
Warrack Eagles Heath Schulz attempts to smother Demon Damien Skurrie's kick earlier this season.

HORSHAM is aiming for a record 10th consecutive premiership, but first it needs to beat in-form Warrack Eagles to book a grand final berth.

The two sides go head-to-head at Dimboola Recreation Reserve tomorrow in a 2011 grand final rematch.

Horsham coach Stuart Farr knows beating the Eagles will be no easy task.

"This is a massive game for us," he said.

"We had a good look at them on Saturday and they were very impressive, so we'll have our work cut out."

The Eagles have won 15 of their past 16 matches, which included a 17-point win over the Demons in round nine.

That match snapped a 35-game winning streak for the Demons.

Farr expects an improved performance tomorrow.

"They were harder at the footy and their forward line functioned better that day," he said.

"I think we've improved since then, but so have they. It'll be a question of who has improved the most."

The Demons haven't lost a match since, winning their past seven matches by an average of 136 points.

Warrack Eagles co-coach Steve Schultz said his side felt confident it could score a second straight win against the Demons.

"Horsham are the benchmark of the competition and have been for a long time, but I believe we match up well against them," he said.

Schultz said the win in round nine was an important breakthrough for his side.

"It gets the monkey off our back," he said.

"We know we can do it now but it really is up to us. We have to play to our potential to beat them."

Horsham's powerful forward line has worried many teams this season, but Schultz has got confidence in the Eagles' defence.

"I think our defence has been our saving grace the whole year," he said.

"It is unheralded but it is the key for us."

Brad Krahe, hamstring, and Jesse Murphy, TAC Cup duties, are likely exclusions for the Eagles.


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