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Farrelly finds success

Matt Farrelly gets a handball away in Modewarre’s 47-point grand final win over Barwon Heads. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

MATT Farrelly has paid tribute to his fellow defenders after Modewarre held Barwon Heads to its lowest score since mid-2017 to win its first BFL premiership.

The work of the likes of Farrelly, Seamus Orr, Daniel Sturzaker, James Ritchie, captain Jacob Clark and 2017 Rookie of the Year Morgan Fenton proved crucial in the Warriors running away with a 47-point victory, with Barwon Heads managing just five goals despite having 21 scoring shots.

Farrelly says the return of Orr after missing the 2017 season was crucial.

“I think Orry’s massive for our backline. He’s spent a lot of time at Essendon and Geelong and he knows the systems, and he probably sets us up, instructively, the best,” Farrelly said.

“Then you’ve got blokes likes ‘Sturzy’ (Daniel Sturzaker), ‘Morgs’ (Morgan Fenton), ‘Ritta’ (James Ritchie).They all just compete and do exactly what you need them to do and that allows me, ‘Clarkey’ (Jacob Clark) to just run off when we can and create.

“So it’s a very dynamic backline and we all fit in perfectly.”

For Farrelly, it was his first senior premiership in a career that started with Goulburn Valley club Echuca and saw him play more than 50 VFL games with Bendigo and Geelong.

His final season at state league level was with the Cats in 2016, after which he chose to step back to local football on a permanent basis.

“VFL is time-consuming and it consumed a lot of my earlier years of living,” he said.

“Playing here it’s a lot more relaxed and I’ve had a bit more fun and I’m just enjoying it a lot more.

“It just lifted a bit of weight off my shoulders and I’m really happy I got this success for doing that because it’s not easy to step away from a high-level of football.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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