Norm Minns medallist Jono Spina looking to utilise confidence boost from rep level

GREAT GRAB: Ovens and Murray's Jono Spina takes a fine mark in defence against Goulburn Valley. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
GREAT GRAB: Ovens and Murray's Jono Spina takes a fine mark in defence against Goulburn Valley. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Norm Minns medallist Jono Spina is looking to take the confidence from his best on ground performance in interleague back to club level.

The stringbean defender gave away 10 kilograms to Goulburn Valley powerhouse Brad Mangan, but handled him well in the O and M’s seven-point win.

“I was just trying to run off him a little bit, he’s a big fellow,” he said.

“I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been, I’m a bit of a stringbean (89kgs).”

It was only in the final term Mangan’s strength proved too much on one occasion.

“It’s the same as anyone that if you play well, you take confidence from it,” the quietly-spoken 22-year-old said.

Spina is now in his fourth season with Lavington after joining from Riverina outfit, Leeton-Whitton Crows.

He played mainly reserves in his debut season, with ankle and hamstring problems stalling his progress.

Spina played seniors in 2015 and then backed that up by winning the most improved award last year.