NFL-style fi­nal to be played in the heart­land of the AFL

The Riverine Herald - - BOWLS -

IT’S typ­i­cally played on the other side of the world, but a lit­tle closer to home this week­end Echuca will have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in one of Vic­to­ria’s big­gest Amer­i­can foot­ball matches.

Jor­dan Glanville will play for the Mel­ton Wolves in Grid­iron Vic­to­ria’s division two cham­pi­onship game to bat­tle the num­ber one-ranked North­ern Raiders, the Wolves try­ing to win a cham­pi­onship in just their sec­ond sea­son.

The Wolves beat the West­ern Cru­saders 20-0 in last week’s semi­fi­nal, and Glanville, who moved to Mel­ton three years ago, said a sim­i­lar per­for­mance in the cham­pi­onship game could be enough for the win.

‘‘We didn’t ex­pect to win by that much (in the semi-fi­nal) but our last two games against them we’d won 27-6 and 34-7,’’ he said.

‘‘We still said to our­selves even though we’ve beaten them be­fore, we’re still out if we lose. We started ter­ri­bly just be­cause of nerves, but we got go­ing.

‘‘If we’re go­ing by head to head (with the Raiders), we’ve beaten each other this sea­son but we beat them by more. If we play our brand we think we can do well.’’

It’s just his sec­ond year play­ing the game, as well as only the Wolves’ sec­ond sea­son in ex­is­tence, but Glanville and his side have been on a quick path to the top.

‘‘We’re lucky we had very good coaches for our first pre-sea­son,’’ he said.

‘‘In the first sea­son we had two guys who had played be­fore, and one guy had played at Col­lege which was a big help be­cause he knew the tech­niques. The first half of that sea­son we didn’t win a game un­til we beat Gipp­s­land in pour­ing rain.

‘‘We thought (this sea­son) we hadn’t lost too many peo­ple, we kept a fair few and the guys we brought in were just as helpful. After hav­ing a year, the new ju­niors, we know what’s go­ing on a bit more so we can help them.’’

Glanville de­scribed him­self as a util­ity, play­ing a va­ri­ety of roles in­clud­ing quar­ter­back, wide re­ceiver, de­fen­sive back and safety.

‘‘I’m a util­ity, wher­ever there’s a space I can play.

‘‘With the way the game is set out, way more body types can play. The big­ger guys, who might not be quick enough for Aussie Rules are great for us on the of­fen­sive or de­fen­sive line be­cause they don’t have to run as much - they just have to like hit­ting peo­ple.’’ Does Glanville like hit­ting peo­ple? ‘‘Some of those big­ger Maori or Fi­jian blokes? Not those kind of guys,’’ he laughed.

A premier­ship play­ers with Pi­cola re­serves this sea­son, Glanville’s three out of three record in grand fi­nals will be on the line.

The game will be played in Mel­ton at 11am on Satur­day as a cur­tain raiser for the division one Vic Bowl.

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