GDFL GRAND FI­NAL

Team-first ethos suits Bar­low

Geelong Advertiser - - FOOTY FIX - ALEX TIGANI THE RE­DEMP­TION

RE­DEMP­TION proved to be the theme for Jake Bar­low, who stepped up to the Pan­ther plate when it mat­tered most on Satur­day.

Although he kicked the win­ning goal in his side’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal vic­tory, the 22-year-old be­lieved he had room for im­prove­ment for the grand fi­nal.

“I had a shock­ing last two games lead­ing in, but when you’re play­ing at cen­tre half­for­ward it de­pends on a lot of things so I was just try­ing to do my bit for the team,” Bar­low said.

“To­day I wanted to prove my point that even though I’m not the best cen­tre half in the com­pe­ti­tion but I do play in the best for­ward line in the league and had to con­trib­ute.

“Joel Page and Nick Costello get the tough matchups ev­ery week, so I do what I can to as­sist them.”

Bar­low ap­peared to be an early con­tender for the be­ston-ground medal through his ruth­less en­deav­ours, find­ing an early goal and as­sist­ing in others.

“The past fort­night we had been prac­tis­ing our goal­kick­ing a great deal be­fore train­ing started each night,” he said. “Thank­fully it paid off.” Switch­ing down back for por­tions of the sec­ond half, his coura­geous flights sup­ported his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the league’s best util­i­ties.

The in­ter­league star fin­ished with two late goals to cap his third se­nior premier­ship, polling three votes in the best-on-ground hon­ours.

“You hear us say it ev­ery year, it’s not about the ac­co­lades it’s the team suc­cess so that’s where I have to put in,” Bar­low added.

“I’ve been here three years now and all three coaches have done ex­cep­tion­ally and now we’re ready to pre­pare for an­other.” He

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