Melling­ton kept from mile­stone by ‘Bords’

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - O&M FOOT­BALL By SCOTT AN­DER­SON

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.”

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

KEY ROLE: Michael Bordignon marks dur­ing Satur­day’s grand fi­nal.

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