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Demons test a challenge for Eagles

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• FRONT FOOT: Warrack Eagles forward Jack Wilson gets his kick away during last weekend’s clash against Minyip-Murtoa. Wilson and Eagles will be out to maintain their form when they host Horsham at Anzac Park tomorrow.

WARRACK Eagles will tackle the biggest challenge in Wimmera Football League when they host reigning premier Horsham at Anzac Park tomorrow.
The current premier has again started the season in winning form with three straight wins to start the season and pose the biggest threat to all teams this season.
A commanding win over newcomers Southern Mallee Giants last weekend underlined its reign at the top of the premiership table and again sets the bar for all teams to chase.
The Eagles battle with the Demons will highlight a big round four as teams start to settle into the competition with the Giants facing another test to their start of the season when they host undefeated Ararat at Beulah.
Minyip-Murtoa will look to bounce back onto the winners list when they make the trip to Davis Park in Nhill, while Horsham Saints return from a bye to host last-start winner Stawell.
Warrack Eagles produced one of its better team performances when they overran Minyip-Murtoa last weekend, coming from behind at half time by 20 points to claim a nine-point win.
A pivotal third quarter where they kicked five unanswered goals proved the catalyst to its win and will look to carry much of the same form into the clash against the Demons.
Coach Ryan McKenzie and assistant Shannon Argall led from the front to spark their teammates and will again guide their charges as they look to break a three year losing sequence against the Demons.
The Eagles last tasted success over the Demons in round eight, 2014 and have enjoyed some strong battles over recent years to build a solid rivalry which will again be on show tomorrow.
Like a lot of contests this season, midfield battles will play a huge part to the outcome of the this match which was on show last weekend when the Eagles grabbed a decisive advantage against the Burras.
McKenzie, Nick Peters, Chris Kellett and Ben Spicer will enjoy a good battle against counterparts in Demons coach Deek Roberts, Brad Hartigan, John Wood and Beau Cross which will set the pattern for the contest.
Horsham produce quick starts to their matches which was again on show last weekend against the Giants which will place pressure on the Eagles to absorb early pressure around the ball.
Argall’s battle in the air against Billy Carberry and Sid Hernon will be pivotal to the clash, while the work of the Eagles defence will again be on show against the likes of goalkicking forward Ryan Kemp, Josh Mibus and Jordyn Burke.
Inform defender Jake Cheney will miss the clash with a hamstring injury which will leave the job to Aaron Watts, Riley Morrow, Mal Douglas and Phil Huebner which will ensure a tight battle in the Demons forward half.
Dalton Jaensch, Jack Wilson, Harry Tresize and Jake Peters will look to continue their leading work, while Josh Bibby will add extra flexibility to the final make-up to its forward half.
The Eagles will welcome back Jeremy Clayton for this clash which will be an added bonus and provide another option in attack and keep the Demons defence under pressure.
Southern Mallee Giants are coming off successive losses and will look forward to hosting its first game at Beulah for the season.
The Giants, however, will run into a red-hot Ararat heading into the contest on the back of three straight wins, the last a dominant 132-point thrashing of Dimboola.
Giants coach Coleman Schache will pit his midfield against the pacy Ararat runners which will be a key to the final outcome which the Giants will be desperate go their way.
Minyip-Murtoa coach Damien Cameron will hope to find a way around the improving Nhill line-up which fell short by a point in claiming a come-from-behind win against Stawell last weekend.
The Burras should prove too strong with Kieran Delahunty and Patrick Purcell teaming through the midfield.
An intriguing battle will take place at Coughlin Park when Horsham Saints return to host Stawell in a game that could down to the wire.
Respective coaches Luke Fisher and Jamie Solyom will both like their chances in a crucial clash for four vital points.