Zac just happy to win flag

September 25, 2017

How good is that: Kyabram's Tom Curnow was named player of the finals series, while Bombers ruckman Zac Norris claimed the AFL Victoria medal for best-on-ground.

Zac Norris started a trend that would continue into the senior game.

The Bombers big man was rewarded with the best-on-ground medal as voted by the umpires for his performance in the reserves grand final win against Euroa.

Norris enjoyed a great duel with Magpies counterpart Brad Gleeson all day, but it was the Kyabram ruckman who would walk off with two medals.

In swirly, difficult conditions, Norris’ ability around the stoppages and movement around the ground were vital in the Bombers’ close victory.

Norris said it was an enjoyable win and was proud of his team for hanging on in the dying minutes.

‘‘Going into breeze, the ball was just coming back straight and we had to have our short game on pretty well but we eventually opened them up,’’ Norris said.

‘‘We had to slow it all down and keep calm and it helped having some cool heads like (Josh) Pell and senior heads out there.’’

It was only Norris’ fourth reserves game of the season as he played 14 in the senior side.

But with Kyabram boasting arguably the best senior team in Goulburn Valley League history, Norris was forced out with the Bombers having almost a full list to choose from.

‘‘It doesn’t really fuss me to be honest because we’re winning flags and that’s all that matters,’’ Norris said.

‘‘The club is in good stead through the football and even the netballers are back there again in the A-grade grand final, so it’s great to be a part of it.’’

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