Medal icing on cake for Reeves

September 25, 2017

Giant battle: Kyabram's Jake Reeves had a huge duel with Shepparton's Ash Holland in the ruck as the former Murray Bushrangers looked to give their team's ascendancy around the stoppages.

Jake Reeves has the collection.

The towering ruckman has dominated the Goulburn Valley League’s biggest stage and he has the medals to prove it.

Reeves won the Barry Connolly player of the finals series and AFL Victoria medal for best-on-ground in Kyabram’s grand final win against Rochester last year.

He performed again for the Bombers yesterday, having a brilliant decider to be awarded the Wilf Cox Medal.

‘‘To play in premiership alone is special enough, but to be able to contribute on the big stage is something that is extra special,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘To play in this one with some guys who missed out last year is unbelievable.

‘‘I played all my junior footy with Patty Wearden and Brad Mangan is one of my close mates, so to play with them in a flag is something I’ll cherish for a long time to come.’’

Reeves’ duel in the ruck with Shepparton’s Ash Holland was one of the highlights of the game.

Holland had big periods of influence around the ground, but Reeves’ work at the stoppages was vital towards a Kyabram victory.

If the Bears were going to be any chance of causing the upset, they needed to win plenty of ball out of the middle.

That did not happen.

Reeves said he enjoyed the battle with Holland, who he has known for a long time.

‘‘I’ve been playing against Ash for years and we played together at the Murray Bushrangers in about 2009-10,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘We’re both very different players, but he’s a high-quality player and someone I respect a lot.’’

What makes Reeves’ dominance unbelievable is he rarely trains, if at all.

He lived in Geelong this year and only comes together with his teammates on weekends.

But everything just clicks.

‘‘I don’t train as much as I’d like to, especially this year with work commitments,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘It’s about managing my body week-to-week really.

‘‘I don’t do a heap of stuff on my legs because of my knee and it’s all about recovery rather than training too much.

‘‘It won’t work for everyone, but I’ve been able to get it to work for me these last two years.

‘‘The knee does get a bit sore out there, but when the guys need you to push a bit harder out there the pain goes to the back of your mind and it’s the last thing you’re thinking about.’’

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