Goulburn Valley Giants tackle Bendigo Bombers

By Tyler Maher

It was a giant task which faced the Goulburn Valley Giants in their penultimate fixture of the AFL Masters season recently.

After making the long trip to White Hills to take on the Bendigo Bombers, the local masters team was greeted by conditions which hinted that the hills should have actually been covered in snow.

Gale-force winds and sleeting rain aside, the Giants also had to deal with an undefeated Bombers side which could still win plenty of Saturday afternoon matches in the leagues of the region.

The Giants, after some gentle prodding from Gordon Thompson at the quarter-time break, lifted their efforts in an attempt to stay warm and battled hard across the ground.

Dave Frizzell was one Giant who struggled to stay still throughout the match and after smuggling some technology onto the ground in his sock was recorded as running 9km from siren to siren.

Frizzell’s possession count was higher than his heart rate by the end of the contest — but still not as large as club record-holder Mark Lambourn — while Cam McGregor also made his way to a plethora of stoppages on the day.

With a number of players exercising their free agency rights this season and heading back to the Kyabram District Football League and Goulburn Valley League, the Giants have accumulated plenty of compensation draft picks.

The side cashed a couple of those in recently and unveiled recruits Paul Johnson, Travis Vanderwey and Jamie Alletsee against the Bombers, with all three acquitting themselves well.

Peter Seddon was also great again and considering he played a reserves and senior game the day before, it was a massive effort from the man with the energy of a rambunctious puppy.

Michael Emanuelli did his best-and-fairest credentials no harm with another consistent performance as well.

The Giants will finish off the season on Saturday in another blockbuster 2.30pm fixture at Kialla Recreation Reserve, this time against Albury-Wodonga’s Murray Crays.

Rumour has it the Giants are ready to cash in the rest of their priority picks and snare another big-name recruit, but supporters will have to make their way to the Kialla facility at the weekend to find out.