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Tyquin departs Tigers for arch-rivals

Matt Tyquin in action for Bannockburn in this year’s GDFL Grand Final win over Thomson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MATT Tyquin has provided local football with one of the shock player moves of the off-season with the Bannockburn star joining arch-rival Inverleigh.

Hawks coach Adam Donohue said talks with Tyquin started following the Tigers’ grand final win over Thomson but quietened through October and November.

“Then we went hard again, and he seemed pretty interested,” Donohue said.

“He knows a couple of blokes at Inverleigh really well and, overall, knows half the group having played juniors at Teesdale.

“A few of the Bannockburn lads and Inverleigh lads used to play together in under 12s coached by (Inverleigh co-captain) Jack Fiolet’s old man (Mick).

He’s always shown an interest an Inverleigh, but it’s been pretty hard for him to go from Bannockburn to Inverleigh having such a strong rivalry.”

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Tyquin, who played 105 senior matches at Bannockburn, also has a family link to Inverleigh through his dad Wayne.

The former star goalkicker coached Inverleigh for two years on its return from a six-season recess in 2002-03.

“Some people get lost in him coming here for other reasons,” Donohue said.

“There are ties are here with his friends, and his old man was coaching when we got the club up-and-going again.

“As he said to me, there’s no bad blood between himself and Bannockburn; he just wants a change.

“And his old man was keen to get him across as well. It’s a massive plus for us.”

Tyquin, who spent a season with GFL club Bell Park in 2015, has made his name mostly as a midfielder, with some occasional stints up forward.

“We’ve guaranteed that he’ll play parts of the game forward, and pending how he goes down there, he might spend more than normal down forward,” Donohue said.

“I witnessed first-hand in Round 15 last year how he nearly single-handedly had them in front against us at half-time.

“Just his aerial ability around the ground … really good in the contest. I witnessed that first-hand, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do both in the midfield and as a forward.”

Tyquin will join Inverleigh as a five-point player having finished runner-up in Bannockburn’s best-and-fairest, which all but concludes the Hawks’ recruiting.

They have already added Shane Bremner (Wickliffe Lake Bolac) and Peter Plummer (Newcomb).

“That tops us off, basically,” Donohue said. “Our best team’s at 39 (points) now, so we’ve got the room for another two-pointer.

“A developing ruckman would be nice, but they don’t grow on trees, unfortunately.

“We’re pretty happy with how we’re looking at the moment.”

Inverleigh travels to Bell Post Hill on April 4 to start its 2020 season.

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