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Denham’s nervous wait

Alex Denham in action in Saturday’s GDFL Grand Final. (krockfootball.com.au/Marcel Berens)

ALEX Denham didn’t know when he arrived at St Albans Reserve on Saturday whether he would take his place in the Thomson line-up for Saturday’s GDFL Grand Final win over Inverleigh.

The Tigers coaching staff were also unsure, getting emergency Scott Troeth to do the warm-up.

After suffering a hamstring issue in the Tigers’ first semi-final win over Geelong West, Denham was a late withdrawal from the preliminary final victory against Bell Post Hill a week later after it tightened up minutes before taking the field.

However, instead of ruling him out of the meeting with the Hawks, co-coaches Brent Taylor and Reece Holwell were happy to give Denham every chance to prove he was right with a last-minute fitness test.

“(I) saw the physio, he gave me a lot of homework to do across the whole week, and we said we would just leave it until the last half-an-hour,” Denham revealed.

“They put me through my paces, and it felt good, so I was happy to play.

“It was fine up until half time when I twanged it again in a marking contest.

“After that, I wasn’t much use to the team, but I stuck it out and got the job done.”

Denham was confident he would be right, making two visits to the physio and another to a chiropractor during the week.

“I saw him (the physio) on Monday, and he said, without even touching or looking at it, “the good news is you’ll play, and it’s just how much pain you can deal with”.

“So that gave me plenty of confidence.

“And the coaches called me midweek and said “even if you’re not 100 per cent, we want you to play”, so that, again, gave me confidence.

“This morning, I was still a bit nervous. You don’t really know until you test it out properly.

“It felt fine all week just walking around and doing my little exercises, but I was pretty nervous.”

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