If you were to stand on the sidelines of Reid Oval for Saturday’s Warrnambool and District league grand final, you would see two contrasting forward set-ups.
Nirranda’s line-up resembles a city skyline full of skyscrapers with the big bodies of Gary Robinson, Travis Graham and Jesse Dalton dominating its forward line.
At the other end, Old Collegians don’t boast the same height or big bodies in its set-up. Instead it has two marking forwards, in Josh Reichman and Alex Wallis, and a fleet of smaller forwards and resting midfielders patrolling the feet of the big two.
Come game time both sides’ captains, Nirranda’s Peter McDowall and Old Collegians’ Daryl Beechey, will be hoping their forwards can gain the ascendancy.
The Blues’ big three are huge contributors to their average of 17 goals a game, while the Warriors tend to share the load around in their 13-goal average.
Beechey, who along with fellow defender Aaron Williams will be tasked with stopping Graham and Robinson, said while the Warriors’ forward line looked small it still packed firepower.
“We have Alex Wallis down there who can take a really good mark and Josh Reichman plays a bit of his time forward,” he said.
“We still have those guys to hit up and hopefully we can get plenty of guys to hit the scoreboard.”
McDowall put the onus on the midfield to help the Blues’ forwards gain supremacy.
“The forward line is obviously one of our strengths and we have a lot of talls down there,” he said.
“As long as our midfield can get their hands on it and give those guys plenty of options and plenty of use of the footy (we’ll be OK).”
McDowall said the rivalry would also push both sides.
“There has been some great battles for three years now and they have been a top-two side and we have a lot of respect for them,” the midfielder said.