Woodville-West Torrens will go ”full bore” at its Round 18 clash with Central District despite sewing up its third consecutive minor premiership with an 11-point win against Adelaide on Sunday.
Staring down the barrel of a third straight defeat in Round 17, the Eagles produced a staggering run of 9.5 to the Crows’ 1.0 from 12 minutes into the third quarter until the end of the match.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Eagles coach Michael Godden praised his playing group for engineering the amazing turn around, given they were also a rotation down during that period.
Experienced defender Paul Stewart left the field with a suspected broken thumb, with Stewart likely to be fit for the Second Semi-Final after undergoing surgery on Monday.
Not only did the victory ensure a week’s rest for the opening weekend of the major round, it also allowed star players Jared Petrenko (31 disposals and two goals) and Michael Wundke (12 disposals and four goals) the chance to gain invaluable form and fitness after being sidelined by injury.
The Eagles expect Jared Allmond and Marc Borholm to be fit for Saturday’s clash with the Bulldogs at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval, forcing Godden into an early selection headache ahead of the finals series.