Mag­pie de­light

Van Berlo look­ing for­ward to O&M in­ter­league de­but

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - O&M IN­TER­LEAGUE BY CAM POT­TER

A MON­U­MEN­TAL com­po­nent of Wan­garatta Mag­pies’ 2017 premier­ship is pre­par­ing him­self for his first in­ter­league ex­pe­ri­ence, with Dy­lan Van Berlo among eight other Wan­garatta Mag­pies play­ers named in the squad set to take on Western Re­gion to­mor­row.

Af­ter start­ing at Ruther­glen in the Tal­lan­gatta and Dis­trict League and play­ing 10 games at TAC Cup level with the Mur­ray Bushrangers in 2013, Van Berlo came to Wan­garatta and af­ter putting re-oc­cur­ring ham­string is­sues be­hind him he en­joyed a stel­lar 2017 sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing in the premier­ship.

It was in the de­cider that Van Berlo’s rise to the top ech­e­lons of the Ovens and Mur­ray be­came more than well re­garded as he hauled in over 15 marks, many of those in­ter­cepts, across the Mag­pies’ half back line.

Van Berlo could have ar­guably run out with the Did Simp­son medal as the best player on the ground if it wasn’t for Michael New­ton’s game-chang­ing eight-goal haul.

Van Berlo has man­aged to find that form again in 2018 and was named to the ini­tial 43-man Ovens and Mur­ray in­ter­league squad.

Af­ter all the cuts, the man they call ‘VB’ looks set to make his league rep­re­sen­ta­tive de­but in a star stud­ded line up, which boasts the likes of Mag­pie team­mates Michael New­ton, Michael Bordignon, Jamie Anderson, Mat Gross­man, Joe Richards and Daniel Sharrock.

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