Duffy takes his chances

Wangaratta Chronicle - - O & K Grand Finals Netball League - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON

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

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