WARRACK Eagles have breathed life into the Wimmera Football League premiership race.
The Eagles’ shock 17-point win against Horsham on Saturday ended the Demons’ 35-game winning streak, which stretched back to round 10, 2010 and was the longest current streak in country Victoria leagues.
Coincidentally, Warrack Eagles were the last team to defeat Horsham, which is striving for its 10th straight flag.
A dominant seven-goal-to-one third term set up the Eagles’ confidence-boosting win.
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Warrack Eagles coach Steve Schultz said the result was due to hard work and would strengthen the side’s resolve, having lost its four games against the Demons in 2011.
“It is pretty important actually,” he said.
“We all had belief but you can’t have 100 per cent belief until you knock them off.
“The most pleasing thing is knowing we can be competitive with them.”
Schultz said the Eagles were proud of their efforts but quickly switched their attention to their round 11 match with third-placed Dimboola.
He said the Eagles’ celebration was subdued and the players knew it would be a challenge to back up after an emotional win.
“It’s always a bit of a trap but I was really pleased with how the guys reacted after the game,” he said.
“They knew they had a job to do at the start of the game.”
Horsham coach Stuart Farr said it was only a matter of time before the Demons’ winning streak ended.
He said the players were disappointed after the game but were in good spirits at their recovery session yesterday morning.
“You can’t win forever. It’s ridiculous to think you can continually win and go undefeated,” he said.
“There is no panic stations.”
Farr paid credit to Warrack Eagles, saying they were deserving winners.
“They were harder at it and more disciplined and accountable,” he said.
“We had our fair share of chances and more of the ball but they were more effective going forward.
“We had 80 per cent of the play in the final quarter but their back line stood up all day and we weren’t able to penetrate.
“Full credit goes to them they played for the full four quarters and deserved the result.”
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