08 Jun Former Panther legend offers advice to next generation
Former Bell Post Hill ruckman Renn Lovitt has urged his successors Lachlan Horan and Liam Meyrich to keep applying themselves in tomorrow’s blockbuster against Bannockburn.
Lovitt stood atop the senior premiership dais for four straight years while also collecting two best and fairest awards and two interleague guernsey as the GDFL’s premier ruckman.
The Panther legend also admits he’ll still be keeping an eye on the GDFL results this season while trying to add a QFA premiership title with Brisbane club Parkridge (currently 8-1).
“But I always went in giving 100 percent no matter who you came up against and they’ll do the same tomorrow.”
The Tigers will hope to record a third straight win at the Panther fortress through the agency of their ruck rotations in the GDFL’s match of the round.
Kieran Fulton found six goals when the Tigers played at the venue in 2016 while fellow tall Ben Cole helped guide the Tigers to wins over North Geelong, Werribee and Belmont last month.
“I think the most important thing in these sorts of days is to just compete time and time again trying to give the boys at your feet first option,” Lovitt added.
“I’d say to the guys, if you can’t win it at least make them earn it.”
Last year Meyrich was impressive in his senior debut against North Geelong.
He would join the Panther premiership party after just five senior games; landing the opening goal of last year’s grand final.
“Liam has a little bit to learn still in the ruck department but like most young ruckmen it takes time to develop,” he added.
“His stronger skill set at the moment is when the balls on the ground which is a very important attribute.”
Tomorrow’s game will be live on 94.7fm the Pulse from 1.30pm.