Breaking away from the monotony of the regular voices and seeking a mental edge, Wyndhamvale turned to renowned sports motivator Steve Lewry in the lead-up to its top-of-the-table clash against Yarraville-Seddon in the Western Region Football League division 2.
Falcons coach Chris Moreland is adamant that his players drew enough out of their session with Lewry to give them a boost ahead of one of the biggest games of the home-and-away season and knowledge which they will use going forward.
The Falcons were victorious by seven points on the road at Yarraville Oval.
“I had one of my good mates ‘Stoofa’ Lewry come in and speak to the boys,” Moreland said.
“He’s trained with Geelong AFL, the Melbourne Storm and the jockeys.
“It was just good to get another voice in, so that sort of just drove the boys today.
“Me and the coaching staff have been harping on about stuff all year but he came in, brought some standards in and just motivated the boys.
“He just spoke about effort and team-first stuff.”
Wyndhamvale dug deep in the last quarter to claim a victory that moves them two games clear on top of the ladder and in the box seat for the minor premiership.
The Falcons kicked 5.6 to 5.0 to secure a memorable away win.
“It was probably our best win we’ve had for the year,” Moreland said.
“I told the boys I was a bit emotional because I wouldn’t say I was confident before the game.
“I was a bit worried about Yarraville because they’re well coached, I respect him highly and some of the players they’ve got are very good and they’re a good side.
“This win means a lot to a lot of people at Wyndhamvale.”
Promising teen Jy Lambley continued his rich form with three goals. The former Caroline Springs player has kicked 27 goals in 12 games.
“In four or five years, he’s going to be a superstar of the comp if he keeps going,” Moreland said.
“His ability to win the footy, his fend off, he kicks goals and his defensive pressure.
“His first three or four steps are just lightning.”
The onball division, led by ruckman Bol Kolang and midfielders Daniel Smith and Tyler Tessari were pivotal for Wyndhamvale.
Kolang had the toughest job on the park for the Falcons, taking on Yarraville-Seddon man mountain Ole Angerstein, but he never backed down.
“We spoke about how we were going to nullify his [Angerstein’s] input,” Moreland said.
“Our plan worked and we’ll go back to the drawing board and add more to it.
“Bol was good around the ground, he was like an onballer.
“He fought very hard all game.”
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