The Full Backs
Although key defenders are probably the least fashionable of all footballers, they remain the most important. They are the last line of defense!
Darren was the go to man for the shut down role on the competitions most dangerous small forwards. His ability to shut down players and create from the back half was second to none. With a the skill to counterattack when the football was in his hands you knew it was in a safe place.
Adam was the ultimate utility in 1994 and one of the youngest players in the team. Adam got the job on Templetowe’s Full Forward Tony Smith who had brought up his 100th goal during the finals series. “Never send a boy to do a man’s job” will possibly be the most regretted line said by the goal kicking machine… Adam closed him out of the game and kept him to two goals. The papers later printed the headlines” Young Adam Watson played a man’s game”.
Matt ‘Sumo’ Stickland would get the job on the power forwards each and every week. Matt had the ability to compete in the air and in the one on one situations. His ability to run and carry often tore teams apart. While he didn’t take home the best a field medal the game he played will make the 1994 Grand Final one he will never forget.