Burras facing big task

FAVOURITE: Horsham ran rampant in its qualifying final against Minyip-Murtoa a fortnight ago. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM and Minyip-Murtoa will go head-to-head for the second time this finals series, with both holding the desire to progress to the Wimmera Football League grand final.
Nanjing Night Net

The winner will take on Horsham Saints in the decider in just over a week’s time, but not before a titanic clash at Stawell’s Central Park on Sunday.

The Burras were taught a lesson in the qualifying final in Ararat, blown away in the second term before eventually going down by 37 points.

Coach Jaye Macumber said –off the back of a gruelling semi-final triumph against Stawell –a tough match the previous week should hold his side in good stead for the Demons clash.

“The way we played the first half last week was fantastic and that’s the sort of footy that wins you finals and big games,” he said.

“The fact we know we can produce that type of footy in difficult conditions against a tough opponent will hold us in good stead.

“We know we’re the underdog. We’re coming up against a giant of the last 11 to 12 years.”

While the Burras are confident in their ability, the Demons are no less aware that their football –when at its peak –is hard to overcome.

Co-coach Brad Hartigan mirrored the sentiments of Macumber in the lead-up to the match, with reference to the two sides’ most recent clash.

“We really showed that when we play consistent footy we’re tough to beat,” he said.

“But in saying that, they’re a good side and it showed when they clawed their way back.”

Hartigan pin-pointed that consistency as a key factor to the Demons’ success on Sunday.

“The main thing is our consistency. Last week we were good for a half but had a bit of a lapse in the second half,” he said.

The Demons will welcome back co-coach Nick Pekin to the line-up, while Harry Young will not play due to a concussion sustained in the weekend’s semi-final.

For the Burras, a strong training session on Tuesday night ended doubts over some sore players.

Macumber said while the Demons’ key play-makers were an obvious focus, the Burras would keep an eye out for Horsham’s un-heralded stars Ben Lakin and Jack Mentha.

“Jack Mentha is like the Energiser bunny,” he said.

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