IT was three times a charm for Glenrowan which finally lifted its Anzac Day hoodoo by defeating Milawa 6.10 (106) to 11.5 (71).
It was also co-coach Nigel Robinson’s first win against the Demons.
“As a coach they were the only team I hadn’t beaten,” Robinson said.
“We were beaten by them three times last year so it was good to finally tick one off against them.”
The two clubs have been building a rivalry and the match didn’t disappoint with a large crowd to match the occasion.
“It was probably the biggest game outside of grand final I’ve played in the Ovens and King,” Robinson said.
“Especially for the boys from Melbourne who are new to the club, they loved it.
“To play a game like that in round four, to really see where you’re at is really good for your club and not having to wait until the end of the year for those big games.
“There were a lot of positives but a lot we can improve on — it was the same for Milawa, both sides were really tested.”
He wasn’t even meant to play but the Anzac Day Medal was bagged by the Tigers’ Luke Fox.
Fox had tweaked his calf the week before and hadn’t trained, but with the occasion player and club agreed he’d play.
Robinson said the club had named Max Scott their best on ground, and both he and Fox played hard all day with Matt Robinson chiming in with six goals.
“And Nick Lawrence, a young bloke from Melbourne, played well on the back flank and really set the game up for us,” Robinson said.
“This rivalry I reckon will be an exciting one this year and both sides will be really looking forward to meeting again in round 15.”
Tom Dunstan kicked five for the Demons and Jeff Whitehead was their best on ground.