Tigers lose young duo
GLENROWAN has suffered a blow to its attacking arsenal ahead of the 2019 Ovens and King season with talented youngsters Darcy Laffy and Seb De Napoli departing the club after just one season.
Laffy, who played mainly centre half forward for the Kelly Tigers this year, has requested a clearance to Heathcote league club Elmore while De Napoli has headed back into town and joined Wangaratta.
While departures are part and parcel of football these days, the losses of Laffy and De Napoli are a particularly big blow to the Kelly Tigers.
The arrivals of Laffy and De Napoli this year signalled a major change in Glenrowan’s recruiting philosophy as they attempted to bring more local talent in to avoid having to rely on a strong travelling group from Melbourne.
The pair both made their presence felt at Glenrowan with Laffy kicking 53 goals from 19 games while De Napoli landed 34 majors from the same amount of matches.
With those two in the forward line, the Tigers had a multi-pronged attack with small forwards Matt Robinson and Jordy Hansted allowed to spend more time up forward while Matt Duffy was also left without as much responsibility.
New co-coach Karl Norman confirmed the pair had left the club despite their best efforts to retain them.
GONE: Darcy Laffy, in action during the O&K’s interleague clash, and (inset) Seb Ne Napoli have left Glenrowan.