The Wimmera Football League has heated up with the Eagles beating the Demons.WARRACK Eagles co-coach Steve Schultz believes commitment was the catalyst for his side’s season-defining win against Horsham on Saturday.
The Eagles ended the Demons’ 35-game winning streak, running out 17-point winners at Anzac Park, Warracknabeal.
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Dominant performances from Peter Weir and Ben Harrison were highlights of the result, which put the Eagles equal first on the ladder with the Demons on percentage.
Warrack Eagles had a 12-point lead at quarter time but found themselves four in arrears at half time.
They made their mark in the third term, piling on seven goals to one to be 33 points up.
It proved a match-winning lead.
Schultz praised his side for its commitment, saying they limited their lapses.
“The guys rocked up with the right attitude and put plenty of pressure on for the whole game,” he said.
“We spoke at half time about the wet weather coming and spoke about changing our game style as soon as the rain came.
“We had the breeze in the third term and had a jump on them before the rain came.”
Schultz lauded Weir for his performance at centre half back.
The regular forward played on dominant Demon duo Jordyn Burke and Damien Skurrie.
Schultz said Weir’s defensive spoiling and ability to read the play were catalysts in the Eagles’ win.
“His closing speed was really good and he read the play really well and took countless marks,” he said.
“He was rock solid. We knew he could play there.
“He played there in a practice match against Ballarat and was dominant that day too.
“We knew in the back of our minds he could do a job there.
Schultz said Ben Harrison’s performance in the ruck also allowed the Eagles to tip the clearances in their favour.
“He ran the majority of the day through the ruck and you’ve got to have pretty good endurance to do that,” he said.
“He’s an undersized ruckman and really set us up and won plenty of taps.”
Horsham coach Stuart Farr said said the Demons would respond strongly.
“We have to be harder at the footy, which is normally our strong point, and we’ll address that and make sure it never happens again,” he said.
In other games, Dimboola 162 annihilated RSL Diggers 23, Horsham Saints 121 held their own against Stawell 59 and Minyip-Murtoa 78 managed a win over Ararat 58.
For full scores, see today’s Mail-Times.
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