September 25 2017
Deniliquin’s AFL Footballers had an agonizing close to success weekend as both their sides lost in the VFL and SANFL Grand Finals respectively.
Sam Lloyd’s Richmond went down by four points to Port Melbourne in the VFL whilst in the SANFL Todd Marshall’s Port Adelaide were defeated by Sturt by a point.
Sam was widely hailed for having a superb game, so superb that he is a chance to play in the Tigers AFL Grand Final match against Adelaide should there be an injury or selection change.
Sam had 35 possessions, 10 clearances, nine tackles and a goal, there was one additional honour for Sam as he is now etched into the history books as the winner of the Norm Goss medal for best afield.
Todd Marshall played in the SANFL Grand Final for Port Adelaide and had four kicks, two handballs, three marks, six tackles and kicked 0.2 in the loss to Sturt.
Todd spent the majority of the AFL season in SANFL but managed to play finals in both the AFL and SANFL due to meeting SANFL game playing criteria to play in finals.
Whilst losing a Grand Final is no fun, the two men should be very proud to have participated in the biggest day of their respective reserve leagues and may success find them in the AFL and VFL/SANFL in the future.