The level of fitness in the Gordon side has become a high talking point in the league. They have learnt to dissect teams and pull them apart with their agility and they proved it again last Sunday against an up and coming side, Ballan. Having said that Ballan is not Springbank and with the return of Paul McMahon the Tigers will have a double prong of attack in not one spearhead but two the other Michael Searle. Not a bad combination to have up front kicking goals and their dominance in the air, both being so tall. If Gordon can keep the ball moving close to the ground, as they do, and keep running there is no reason they can’t keep possession of it and run the legs off the Tigers. It was interesting how Springbank played last season’s premiers, Bungaree, last Saturday. Trying to shut down Luke Murtschin was hard he still managed three goals, which made a lot of difference, also on the up side, David Benson won nearly all the ruck tap downs; unfortunately for Bungaree the rovers didn’t stack up to his standard of work ethics, which allowed Springbank to get away with the centre bounce taps. Bungaree was behind in every quarter but stayed in touch; all but the third quarter when Springbank poured the pressure on and got away from the Demons by nearly three goals.
If Bungaree had played the game like they did in the last quarter they may not have lost the game by one straight kick. No one on the ground would have thought that the Demons could rise up and give the game the nudge it needed for them to win and both team’s supporters must have had their hearts pounding as the game suddenly became alive. Bungaree took the game by the scruff of the neck and gave it a real shake, it really was one of those heart stoppers, but alas the siren went off and blew their dreams away. Although Bungaree lost by the slightest of margins it was no shame in being beaten by Springbank. Going into this final Springbank has an Achilles heel, they barley lasted out the game so how will they finish the last quarter against a side that can run all day, all are young and have the eye of the eagle on the prize (pardon the pun)?
Gordon have leading goal kicker for the league, Steve Nichollson, to spearhead their side so if they can get out of the blocks quickly and stack a couple of goals on Springbank, it will be an interesting match. Both sides will be going on the field with a lot of respect for each other as they are both the cream of the league.