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‘‘Because we didn’t have some dominant players out on the field it’s evolved other blokes further which has been a great way to look at the season,’’ Moran said.
‘‘I thought when I did my knee in round five that it would be it for footy and I wouldn’t be able to cope with it.
‘‘It’s been kind of funny because going from a playing coach to being an off field coach I think I’ve adapted to it pretty well.
‘‘I have learnt so much more about myself as a coach and I know more about my players now than I ever have.
‘‘I’m probably more driven now than ever to play football again.’’
It was also a special season for four Panther players who were named in the Ovens and King league team of the year in Alistair Jacka, Riley Moran, Andrew Trende and Chris O’Connor — all continuing their top form into finals.
Moran also praised the efforts of Justin Gervasoni, Ben Pretty, Kyle Collison and Jayden Guppy for the influential roles they played throughout the season.
He also acknowledged the tireless work of Panthers coaching staff Colin Tatterson, Paul O’Brien and Shane Allen for helping the team since taking over the reigns in 2016.
‘‘The credit has to go to these Moran said.
‘‘I get all of the accolades and the credit and it’s my head on the chopping block if we aren’t going as well as we should, but these blokes have put in a phenomenal amount of effort.
‘‘They’re three of the best blokes I’ll ever coach with, they’re just phenomenal.’’
Milawa will now take on Tarrawingee at City Oval on Saturday to decide who will take the Ovens and King league premiership for 2018.
Not Panthers’ day: Jayden Guppy tries to avoid being wrapped up in a tackle. Pictures: Garry Jones
Proud: Panthers coaching panel Paul O’Brien, Shane Allen, Harry Moran and Colin Tatterson.
Working hard: Jayden Guppy looks over Riley Moran as he kicks in the preliminary final.
Searching: Zac Amarant looks for options against Milawa.