BUMP: Horsham Saint William Robertson is tangled up with Ararat’s Samuel Shalders in this contest. ALL WRAPPED UP: Ararat’s Luke Todd tackles Horsham Saints midfi elder Garry Hallam on Saturday. Todd was named in the Rats’ best. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
MINYIP-Murtoa coach Scott Arnold believes the Burras let a golden opportunity to claim a big scalp slip on Saturday.
The Burras suffered a 10-point loss to Warrack Eagles at Brim.
The Eagles were forced to work hard for the premiership points, with the Burras fighting back every time the home side looked like it had set up a comfortable lead.
With Horsham raging Wimmera Football League flag favourite, Warrack Eagles and Dimboola are considered by many as the Demons’ most likely challengers.
Arnold said while it was pleasing Minyip-Murtoa proved it could match it with a top three side, a win went begging.
“We were really disappointed to lose, there’s no question about that,” Arnold said.
“I thought we had enough of the football to win the game.
“With 10 minutes to go I thought we were going to win. We had all the footy but couldn’t hit a target forward of centre.
“Their efficiency inside 50 was way better than ours.”
Warrack Eagles did not sing their song after their win.
Eagles co-coach Steve Schultz said Brad Krahe usually started the song.
“He wasn’t keen to do it because we weren’t happy with how we played,” he said.
“We’ll start singing when we play four quarters.
“We were fairly disappointed afterwards as a group because we know we can play better.
“The biggest issue we have and it’s the reason why we are winning, is we get on top early and work hard when it’s really close and then take the easy way out and take our foot off. It seems to be a trend in many of our games.”
Both team were missing some of their best players.
The Eagles were without Ben Spicer, Robert McAllister, Paul Atkin, Jesse Murphy, Adam Schulz and Jae McGrath, while Minyip-Murtoa was without Brayden Ison, Sam Graetz and Tim Mackenzie.
Minyip-Murtoa hosts Horsham at Murtoa on Saturday.
Arnold said the Burras would go into the round nine contest confident.
“We are really excited for the challenge. We see it as another opportunity to test ourselves,” he said.
“It will be a big week for our club. We are opening our new changerooms which will be the best in the competition.
“There will be a good crowd there and we’ll put on a good show.”
In other matches, Horsham Saints defeated Ararat 145-57, Horsham belted Nhill 184-20 and Dimboola had a convincing win over Stawell 124-73.
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