Coaching record to envy

September 30, 2017

Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan’s coaching record would be rivalled by few.

In his five years at the helm of the Lakers, he has netted three premierships.

But it looks like it might take a while for Saturday’s result to sink in for Sullivan.

‘‘To go back-to-back and win three in four years, it’s a good feeling, I’ve got to say,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s something I will probably reflect on down the track. In 10 or 15 years’ time I’ll look back and realise what we’ve achieved as a footy club, but it is a good feeling at the moment and such a reward for all the hard work we’ve put in.’’

Sullivan’s men were simply brilliant in the decider against Violet Town on Saturday.

The Lakers were clinical, romping home to claim a 53-point win, and while they trailed early the result never seriously looked in doubt.

‘‘Violet Town are a good side, there’s no question about that, and I don’t think there was any move or major moment in the game where we broke them, it was just a matter of grinding away and the results would come,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘We backed our game plan and we knew if we had our structures and our systems in place and if we could run and carry the ball and execute in front of goal we would gradually nudge ahead and that’s exactly what happened.

‘‘It was a sustained effort for four quarters and we kept grinding away and whittled them down.

‘‘They were the best side throughout the season, but when it comes to finals it’s different, and I think that last quarter was evidence we were clearly the best side in the finals.’’

There were four goals in it at three-quarter time and Violet Town still had a sniff, but the Lakers stamped their authority in the final term.

Nagambie booted six unanswered majors in the first 15 minutes of the final stanza to prevail on the big stage.

‘‘We understood they are a good starting side and we were probably a better finishing side and we knew we could run out games nice and strong,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘We knew if we could just be with them for the better part of the first half, we were in a good position to take it away from there.’’

The Lakers had every reason to back themselves after half-time. After all, they’ve made some miraculous comebacks in grand finals in recent years.

The Lakers were 46 points behind Merrigum at one stage of the 2014 decider before launching an astonishing comeback to take the title, while last year against Avenel, they found themselves five goals down early in the third term but roared home to secure the premiership.

So, what’s next for the all-conquering Sullivan? Only time will tell.

‘‘I’ll just let the dust settle a touch and see where it all sits from there,’’ he said.

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