Stawell Warriors on target to defeat Warrack Eagles | Wimmera Football League 2018

AN ABILITY to convert in front of goal during the final quarter allowed Stawell to overcome a three-quarter-time deficit against the Warrack Eagles.

The Warriors had conceded a one-point lead with a quarter to play but were able to finish off strongly to claim a 13.6 (84) to 11.13 (79) win.

Stawell coach Damian Joiner said the win was particularly pleasing given recent poor second halves.

“It was just good to get a little bit of momentum going in order to play some more consistent footy,” he said.

“We’ve really only played halves of footy over the past few weeks, and while this still wasn’t a full four quarters it was much closer to it.”

The efficiency of of the Warriors forward line was on display from early in the contest.

The side had put three straight goals on the board by quarter time while the Warrack Eagles had one goal and four behinds to their name at the same point.

The home team continued  its strong start to the game with four second quarter goals while the away team was again left to rue missed opportunities when going forward.

At the half-time siren the Warriors had established a 21-point lead and Joiner said he felt like his side had played controlled football to that point.

“I think we’ve been doing that for a few weeks now,” he said. “The third quarter we quietened down a little but it was still good to see we were still in the contest.”

The Warrack Eagles overhauled the deficit during a big third quarter and looked to have all the momentum behind them at the final break.

Joiner said it was good to see his side never gave up as the lead then went back and forth during the final term.

“It was really a good contest throughout,” he said.

David Andrivon played an important role up forward on his way to finishing with seven goals. His dominance helped Stawell to win despite having four less scoring shots in the fourth quarter alone.

“Tom Taurau absolutely killed it as well floating around the ground,” Joiner said. “There were also a lot of the younger and newer blokes who stood up as well, it was really just a good team effort. We really didn’t have any passengers for the day.”

He said he wanted his side to be able to establish a home ground advantage.

“Every club wants to keep their home ground as a fortress,” he said. “To stay undefeated at home is good and now we just need to work on beaten teams away. It helps us to build some momentum up and gives the whole team confidence.”

Nick Peters, Shannon Argall and Ryan McKenzie were best on ground for Warrack Eagles. McKenzie and Dalton Jaensch each kicked three goals for the side.