Tigers lose young duo

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By JEREMY WIL­SON

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.

PHO­TOS: Mel Beat­tie/Mel Guy

GONE: Darcy Laffy, in ac­tion dur­ing the O&K’s in­ter­league clash, and (in­set) Seb Ne Napoli have left Glen­rowan.

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