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Now for a premiership medal

Dom Gleeson after receiving his Ash Medal from Les Ash on Wednesday night. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TORQUAY coach Dom Gleeson says resilience built from adversity been behind Torquay’s push towards this year’s BFL premiership.

After a 2018 to forget, highlighted by the salary cap controversy on the eve of the season, the Tigers have bounced back to be one win away from its second grand final appearance in three years.

“It matured me as a coach, most definitely,” Gleeson said moments after sharing the 2019 Ash Medal with Modewarre co-coach John Meesen.

“In 2017, I felt like the lead singer of a rock band when we won the flag. And I certainly felt like that in 2018… that I couldn’t shy away from the obvious.

“I was super proud of how we acted and how we held ourselves together, and it built amazing resilience among the committee. Amongst our supporting group, it’s gotten stronger, and the playing group.

“I think it helped us (with) recruiting because people wanted to get behind us and help us.”

After dropping its qualifying final to Barwon Heads by 35 points, Torquay bounced back to beat Anglesea in the first semi-final by 43 points.

The Tigers now face Geelong Amateur in Saturday’s preliminary final for the right to take on the Seagulls.

Gleeson says his coaching staff have had a close look at the footage of the 26-point loss to Ammos in Round 11.

“I did say to Kane (Tenace – Ammos coach) at the start of the year after we played them, “you will be a good side midway through the year” because they had youth and they were new to each other.

“And I was right, unfortunately. They’re a really good side. We’ve got out our hands full.”

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2019 Ash Medal – Dom Gleeson

Thanks to Geelong Regional Football, K rock Football's Tom King spoke with co-Ash medallist Dom Gleeson from Torquay Football Club

Posted by K rock Football on Wednesday, 4 September 2019

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