Warriors end on a high

Despite adismal season, Stawell Westlift Warriors managed to end it on a high with a 74points win against Horsham RSL Diggers at Central Park.
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After a year cruelled by injury,Warriors can take plenty of positives from the match as they look to their 2013pre-season.

Diggers were up and about early,with Stuart Robinson booting the opening goal in the first two minutes.

However, Tom Eckel quickly respondedand Warriors were on the board.

James Delahunty was tackling hardand showed terrific vision when he set up Scott Nicholson, who slotted throughWarriors second goal for the match.

Jackson Dark was marking everythingand kicked two late goals to gift Warriors a 16-point lead at quarter time.

Warriors coach Andrew Bach praisedhis side at the break, saying it was a ‘really good start.’

Rain was falling intermittentlythroughout the first term and Bach warned his players to stay down with the wetand slippery football.

Goals to Jamie Bach and Dark saw thesecond term begin positively for Warriors, but again Diggers wouldn’t lay down,bringing the margin back to 17 points.

Scott Nicholson and Delahuntyprovided the steadying goals and Shane Field then added another as Warriorswent into the main break with a 29-point buffer.

Showers fell again during the thirdterm but this didn’t worry Nicholson, who kicked his third major.

Delahunty finished the match withfive goals but the highlight for the talented forward was his classy goal froma near-impossible angle that earnt applause from the crowd.

Warriors had 17 scoring shots to theDiggers two in the third quarter, extending their lead to 78 points at thefinal change.

Bach urged the Warriors in his finalmatch address to not stop and keep pushing in the last quarter.

Nick Thomas was playing a superbgame off half back and Brenton Potter was solid, holding Diggers Kye Chapple tojust one goal for the afternoon.

Warriors ran out winners 22.19 (151) to 11.11 (77).

Bach said the win was a good way tofinish off the 2012 season.

“Again we were in patches but inthose patches we played very good football,” he said.

“I was quite happy and it was good for the boys to finishoff the season with a win,” he said, adding he moved players around to bringthem into the game.

Assistant coach and defender Nick Thomas was among Stawell’s best again in the big 74 points win over Horsham RSL Diggers on Saturday at Central Park.

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