Humble Porter shines bright

Wangaratta Chronicle - - O & K Football Netball League -

RUCK: Tarrawingee’s Tim Au­mann beats Brent New­ton in this con­test. SE­NIOR FOOT­BALL

RIGHT: Mi­lawa skip­per Jack Stamp bat­tles with Bull­dog de­fender Pat Byrne.

LEFT: That sweet taste of suc­cess. Bull­dog pair David Thayer and Jack Amery cel­e­brate af­ter the siren sounds.

AT the end of the day, Mi­lawa co-coach Daniel Athani­tis said his team couldn’t ful­fil its pre­mier­ship am­bi­tions be­cause it was beaten by a bet­ter team on the day.

Tipped by many to win the grand fi­nal, the De­mons were sim­ply un­able to put any score­board pres­sure on Tarrawingee and there­fore un­able to kick a win­ning score.

The De­mons en­tered the de­cider full of con­fi­dence af­ter a crush­ing pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal vic­tory, how­ever, Athani­tis said the Bull­dogs were able to counter ev­ery­thing his side tried.

“Dis­ci­pline is the main word,” he said.

“Trev (Ed­wards) came in with a game plan and rock-n-rolled us three times this year. “We tried ev­ery­thing. “I won’t sit on my hands and do noth­ing but at the end of the day they were just too good.

“They used the ball bet­ter – they han­dled the con­di­tions bet­ter.”

With Mi­lawa’s key talls sta­tioned in de­fence once again to counter Tarrawingee’s tall for­ward line, Athani­tis was forced to again use a smaller for­ward line, which ul­ti­mately the Bull­dogs were able to counter.

Athani­tis ad­mit­ted the likes of Xav Nor­den and Jack Amery were able to dom­i­nate off half back and pro­vide the Bull­dogs with great drive.

“Nor­den and a cou­ple of their other blokes re­ally hurt us,” he said.

“We didn’t go in very well at times and our ball use wasn’t great.

“But we came up against a very good side and came up short. “You’ve got to wear it.” Af­ter a strong off-sea­son re­cruit­ing drive that net­ted them the likes of Jamie Al­lan, Ben Clarke, Brent New­ton and James McClounan, the De­mons had to deal with the pre­mier­ship favourites tag from early on.

“They’re re­ally dis­ap­pointed,” Athani­tis said.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise how much time goes into it.

“You start in De­cem­ber and get to here and fall short, it does hurt.

“But we’ve had a good year – we’ve had six (sides) here to­day so not many other sides can boast that – we just didn’t get the wins we were af­ter.”

PHO­TOS: Marc Bongers

BEST ON: Daine Porter with daugh­ter Grace af­ter the match.

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