Young champs knew the plan
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).
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