Duffy takes his chances
sanderson@ nemedia.com.au and really kick through the ball,” he said.
“But kicking with the wind I felt like all I had to do was put it in a certain spot and the wind would do the rest.
“I haven’t kicked the straightest this year, but I managed to get it right today so I’m stoked.”
Duffy’s partner in crime up forward, Matt Robinson, also starred, finishing with three goals and four direct goal assists, two of which went to Duffy.
“Danky (Robinson) is unbelievable,” he said.
“His field kicking is as good as anyone in the league, and playing next to him for the past four years has been a real privilege.
“We have such a dangerous forward line – one week it will be me bobbing up and the next week it will be Danky or Nige or someone else.
“It just comes down to match-ups and who is on.
“Everyone wants to play well and kick goals, but they are also happy to drag their opponent away so that someone else can kick them.
“With our forward six, most of us have played at least three years together now, so we know each others’ games really well, and we can make adjustments depending on how the game is going to try to get an advantage.”
Duffy has been a member of all four of Glenrowan’s premiership teams along with best mate Max Scott, and said the achievement was something he would cherish for the rest of his life. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “Me and Maxxy went through Glenrowan Primary School together, and when we came to Glenrowan together it just felt like the right thing to do.
“Glenrowan as a town means a lot to me, so to have won four in a row here is just so special.
“It has never been done before and it’s something that no one can take away from us.
“It has been an amazing ride and we will just see what the future holds.
“We’re all still young, so who says we can’t win five?”
Duffy said the bond he shares with his teammates had been the secret to their enduring success.
“We don’t see losing as an option,” he said.
“We have such a great culture among the boys and we’ve got so much faith in one another that we can win.
“We do it for each other and I think that’s the secret to it.
“You look at it on paper, and Tarra had such a good list, Benalla had such a good list.
“But we just go out there and do it for one another – we seize the moment and lift each other over the line.
“When you have that feeling you just know that no one is going to beat you.”
MAT Duffy was at his match-winning best on the big stage for Glenrowan on Saturday, with a sensational five-goal haul setting the Tigers on their way to a fourth straight flag.
Duffy booted four goals before halftime and could easily have had a couple more to his name as he got his hands on the ball every time it came inside 50.
His performance was crucial to the Tigers’ mission of breaking the game open in the first half.
“I just got lucky to get on the end of a few,” Duffy said.
“I think in the first quarter when they had the wind it was massive for us to have the lead at quarter time.
“We knew that if we could break even in the first quarter we would be a massive chance to build a bit of a lead in the second quarter, and fortunately we made the most of it when we had the wind.”
While most players struggled with their set shots on a day when the wind was blowing diagonally across the ground, Duffy was bang on target.
“Against the wind you wanted to be 30m out at most