Thomson coach Reece Holwell takes out grand final medal (Full votes)

Thomson coach Reece Holwell takes out grand final medal (Full votes)

Reece Holwell has inspired Thomson to an upset premiership win over Inverleigh this afternoon.

The Thomson playing coach led by example from start to finish, collecting 26 disposals and landing a crucial goal in the Tigers’ 30-point victory.

He eventually lifted his arms to heavens when the final siren sounded to end his club’s ten year premiership drought.

“I think I went straight to Freo (Daniel Freeman) once the siren went, he kicked a couple of those magical goals and we knew that he had that in him,” Holwell recalled.

After a quiet first term Daniel Freeman found three goals in the space of five minutes in the second term to hand his side a 31-point lead at the main break.

 

The former Ocean Grove goal-sneak then landed the game’s sealer in the final term to kick start the Godfrey Street boys’ celebrations.

“Once he kicked that last one it was almost party time for us,” Holwell recalled.

 

 

Holwell polled 10 of a possible 12 votes to claim the best on ground ahead of his teammate and former Portarlington captain Paul Davis.

However the 34-year-old only had eyes on that sacred premiership cup.

“The Drysdale premiership in 2010 meant everything given it was my home club but my last grand final (2013) was a loss where we didn’t fire a shot,” he explained.

“That was hanging over my head for a little bit so today I knew as a coach that there’d be extra pressure to step up.”

“So whatever I did today, whether it was worth the medal or whatever, it was just for the win and to put the smiles on the faces of the group as well.”

Holwell has continued to establish himself as one of the prime ball winners in the competition.

He collected back to back Whitey medal runner up finishes, Interleague honours and GDFL team of the year selections in the lead up to today’s performance.

Yet this meant nothing in comparison to a premiership win with his coaching partner Brent Taylor.

“Squizz (Taylor) and I played Auskick together, won premierships together and now we’ve coached a flag together so the last few years have been reward for effort,” Holwell said.

 

“Even Todd Kingsbury has stepped up from being the losing reserves grand final coach to the senior assistant premiership coach so to share this with my best mate is special.”

Final GDFL grand final best on ground medal votes:

10 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

6 – Paul Davis (Thomson)

3 – Ethan Solly (Thomson)

2 – Samuel Jacka (Thomson)

1 – Dalton Grundell (Inverleigh)

1 – Adam Wiseman (Thomson)

1 – Casey Meehan (Inverleigh)

 

Voting:

Jason Doherty

3 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

2 – Paul Davis (Thomson)

1 – Casey Meehan (Inverleigh)

Alex Tigani

3 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

2 – Samuel Jacka (Thomson)

1 – Adam Wiseman (Thomson)

Grubby Cations

3 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

2 – Paul Davis (Thomson)

1 – Dalton Grundell (Inverleigh)

Dale Smythe

3 – Ethan Solly (Thomson)

2 – Paul Davis (Thomson)

1 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

 

By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (15/09/2018)

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