K rock Football

Freeman makes most of chances

Daniel Freeman flies for a mark in Thomson’s grand final win over Inverleigh. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

FOR ten minutes on Saturday afternoon, Daniel Freeman owned St Albans Reserve.

Three goals in time-on  – including two in less than two minutes – helped Thomson turn a contest that had previously been an arm-wrestle with Inverleigh on its head.

The Tigers went from leading by 19 points to a handy 31-point advantage that the Hawks struggled to eat into in any significant way during the second half.

“I was just thinking to myself, “I’ve done nothing, I better stand up here or do something”, and it just went my way,” Freeman, who played in a losing BFL grand final with Ocean Grove in 2014.

“It started from the midfield group, which was really good.

“It got me a bit of a spark, and I kicked the first one and thought, “I’m on here”.

He finished with four goals, and it was apt he kicked the goal that sent the Thomson faithful – and his teammates – into raptures at the 24-minute mark of the last term.

“The boys get around me to get me up-and-about, and I’ve been told to get up-and-about – it gets the boys going,” Freeman said.

“It’s something that gets me going, so it’s good.”

Co-coach Brent Taylor was effusive in his praise for Freeman, whose four goals took him to 43 for the season.

“He is an opportunist. Sometimes he is hard on himself and thinks ‘Oh, I’m not doing enough’,” Taylor said.

“But he’s a tough match-up, he’s dangerous, he’s annoying, he’s a nightmare for backmen, and that’s the energy he brings.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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