Nirranda forward power a key to Blues' flag defence

HITTING HIS STRAPS: Nirranda's Gary Robinson lines up for goal after taking a mark last season. Picture: Amy Paton
HITTING HIS STRAPS: Nirranda's Gary Robinson lines up for goal after taking a mark last season. Picture: Amy Paton

NIRRANDA assistant coach Brayden Harkness believes the pairing of two experienced key forwards will cause major headaches for the Blues’ rivals this season.

Second-year key forward Gary Robinson has been deployed alongside South Warrnambool recruit Robbie Gregg in the club’s opening three fixtures.

The pair have already slotted a return of 27 goals from 12 quarters in the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League.

Harkness, who this year returned from Wantirna South to take on a mentoring role at his childhood club, said the pair possessed different skill sets.

“Gary (Robinson) is such a strong contested mark, and Robbie is almost better when the ball goes to ground,” he said.

“Robbie plays a lot smaller than he is, and he is so quick and agile for his size and strength.

“Some of the things they’ve done as a pair so far make us sit back in amazement.”

He tipped the Blues’ forwards to become more potent as they adjusted to their teammates’ playing styles.

“We’re still working out how to best deliver to them, but once (small forward Jason Lee) is back it will help that as well,” Harkness said.

“James Willsher is playing as a half-forward rotating through the midfield while Pete McDowall and Will Paulin have also been going forward.

“It gives us so many avenues going forward and it’s a massive positive for us at this stage.”

Nirranda faces Kolora-Noorat on Saturday.