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