A hard earned tag for star back ‘VB’

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - O&M FOOT­BALL By CAM POT­TER

YOU must be hav­ing some sort of in­flu­ence on the game if the newly crowned Mor­ris Medal­list comes to tag you.

That is what hap­pened to Dy­lan Van Berlo dur­ing Satur­day’s grand fi­nal, as Chris Hyde was sent to curb the mark­ing ma­chine’s im­pact.

With 12 marks to his name, eight of which were in­ter­cepts, Van Berlo’s role was cru­cial to Wan­garatta’s suc­cess.

Van Berlo started the game on fire, reel­ing off four marks in the first quar­ter alone, cut­ting off any stray kicks from Al­bury’s mid­field­ers.

Hyde came af­ter Van Berlo hard, but with the help of his fel­low back­men he was able to get on with the job and lead the Mag­pies to vic­tory.

“‘VB’ was out­stand­ing,” Mag­pies coach Dean Stone said.

“You know six months ago the treat­ment Hyde was giv­ing him would have rat­tled him.

“But he just stuck it out and played his role ex­tremely well.

“He is such a good reader of the foot­ball in the air.”

Van Berlo said ev­ery­thing he did was about the team.

“I was just happy to help out ‘Bordsy’ (Michael Bordignon); that was what the role was all day,” Van Berlo said.

“I just had to help chop off that ball be­fore it got to (Josh) Melling­ton, who is the best for­ward in the league.

“I am just so happy to con­trib­ute and help get them over the line.

“We don’t speak that much on in­di­vid­ual ef­forts as we are just a great group – what a win.”

Lin­ger­ing ham­string is­sues limited Van Berlo to just 10 se­nior matches last sea­son, and he missed two games this year, mak­ing vic­tory all the sweeter.

“The body is pretty stuffed at the mo­ment to be hon­est,” he said.

“But com­ing back from in­jury has been re­ally easy when you get to train with this group of boys, and now to win is just un­real.”

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

IM­PEN­E­TRA­BLE: Dy­lan Van Berlo con­stantly cut off Al­bury’s for­ward thrusts on Satur­day.

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