Mellington kept from milestone by ‘Bords’
ONE of the stars of Wangaratta’s premiership win didn’t kick a goal, win a stack of possessions or take a spectacular grab, but Michael Bordignon’s influence on the game cannot be understated.
Given the role of negating the influence of Josh Mellington, Bordignon passed the test with flying colours, limiting the Albury spearhead to just three goals.
As a sidenote, that left Mellington stranded on a season tally of 99.
Bordignon got the job done playing from behind, relying on his speed and refusing to get drawn into a one-on-one tussle.
“It was a little goal of mine – I didn’t want him to kick his hundredth on me,” Bordignon said.
“So I was pretty glad to keep him to three in the end.
“He has probably got 10kg on me and last time we played them we tried at the start to play it as a one-on-one contest, but it wasn’t working.
“In the second half I just played him from behind and backed my closing speed and it seemed to pay off.
“So we went with that tactic again today and it worked well.”
Wangaratta’s back six was exceptionally tight all day, with Dylan Van Berlo standing out with his ability to intercept the ball and rebound out of defence.
“We all played our roles really well,” Bordignon said.
“We are a group within a group down there – we call each other the Brotherhood. “It is a special group to be a part of. “VB was terrific – he just backs himself and goes for the ball and clunks it more times than not.”
The premiership medallion was extra special for Bordignon, who was doubtful to be part of the team make-up at all when he moved to South Australia mid-season.
“I got an opportunity to go to Adelaide for work and I went to Stoney straight away – he was the first person I called,” he said.
“He just told me to go for it and that we would work around it.
“I was always keen to come back and play – it was never going to be an option to sign with another club over there and play the rest of the season in Adelaide.
“I was committed to Wang, and I’m glad that I did that and came back.
“It is really special – in our whole team there are only two blokes who aren’t originally from Wang.
“That just makes it all the more meaningful for everyone.”
KEY ROLE: Michael Bordignon marks during Saturday’s grand final.