Humble Porter shines bright
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.”
BEST ON: Daine Porter with daughter Grace after the match.