Young champs knew the plan

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

TWO of Dean Stone’s cham­pi­ons knew all too well what the 2017 premier­ship coach wanted this sea­son hav­ing played un­der­neath him in the thirds premier­ship in 2015.

Daniel Shar­rock and Nick Richards were both a part of Stone’s win­ning thirds premier­ship side and played key roles through the 2017 sea­son and the fi­nals cam­paign to help lead Wan­garatta to premier­ship glory.

Shar­rock and Richards played Mur­ray Bushrangers last sea­son with Richards stepping up again as a 19-year-old to boost his AFL draft stocks.

Richards was named the best player in the fi­nals for the Mur­ray Bushrangers for his ef­forts in the fi­nals series last sea­son which cul­mi­nated in a TAC Cup grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

As fate would have it Richards was re­leased by the Bushrangers to play at Wan­garatta full time and was se­lected to play the last two home and away matches and all four fi­nals for the Mag­pies.

Richards was named in the best five times, boot­ing two goals.

“It is un­real, it is such a sur­real feel­ing,” Richards said.

“I can’t be­lieve it, it’s been an awe­some sea­son and to have ev­ery­one get around you is just awe­some.

“I am pretty close with ‘Stoney’ af­ter 2015 and to win un­der him again along with Joey is amaz­ing.”

Richards shared his suc­cess with brother, Joe, who also spent this sea­son on the Mur­ray Bushrangers’ list.

Shar­rock on the other hand stood up well this sea­son and played all 22 matches for the black-and-white, swap­ping be­tween half back and the wing po­si­tions.

Shar­rock booted 10 goals and was named in the top-six play­ers nine times, in­clud­ing the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Yar­ra­wonga and the sec­ond semi fi­nal against grand fi­nal op­po­nents Al­bury.

“There has been a lot of hard work get­ting through the sea­son and now I think ev­ery­one is re­lieved,” Shar­rock said.

“It is an un­real ex­pe­ri­ence, the crowd was mas­sive and when the fi­nal siren sounded they flooded the field; I am just ec­static.”

Shar­rock praised Stone for his ef­forts this sea­son.

“The re­spect he has earned from ev­ery­one is just un­real,” Shar­rock said.

“He knows what he wants and when he asks for some­thing to be done ev­ery­one knows to just do it.

“He is so ded­i­cated to the club and the play­ing group and along with the coach­ing staff the win was a prod­uct of that ded­i­ca­tion.”

In­ter­est­ingly, seven other mem­bers of the 2015 Wan­garatta thirds’ premier­ship played un­der Stone in the se­nior side in 2017 with Ri­ley Smart, Zac El­liott, Darcy Laffy, Con­nor Stone, Mitch Bren­del, Liam Byrne and Jar­ryd Wal­lace all fea­tur­ing.

HIS­TORY RE­PEATS: Daniel Shar­rock (main) and Nick Richards (inset).

day for new and ex­ist­ing girls Fri­day 29th Septem­ber 10am - 1pm Wan­garatta City Foot­ball Club, South Wan­garatta Re­serve, Shan­ley St. Wan­garatta Con­tact: Kristy Mel­lor 0447 873 752 www.wan­garattac­i­

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