Marong duo star in attack as Panthers reach under-14s decider

THEY have combined to kick 158 goals in Marong’s run, but Tom Nunn and Pat Gretgrix are hungry for more majors as they focus on tomorrow’s Bendigo Junior Football League under-14 division two grand final against Huntly.

Nunn has starred from centre half-forward and closer to goal as he passed the century mark for the Panthers.

A league best and fairest in last season’s under-12B competition, Nunn won the club’s under-14 team champion award.

Whether it be roving the packs around the ground or in attack, Gretgrix is another of the team’s key players.

Rapt to have kicked 100 goals, Nunn said the main aim was a premiership with the Craig O’Hara-coached team.

“To have kicked lots of goals is exciting, but a grand final win would mean a lot more,” Nunn said.

The 16th and final round in the home-and-away series was capped by the 13-year-old team-mates marking significant milestones.

Nunn’s three-goal haul included booting his 100th – a rare feat in BJFL history.

The pacy Gretgrix kicked seven in the team’s 16th game and passed 50 goals in the process.

A week later, Nunn and Gretgrix were among the best as Marong beat North Bendigo, which had a season record of 15-1, in the second semi-final.

The nine-point victory put the Panthers into that “one day in September” and a chance to play before hundreds of fans in a grand final.

Nunn said lots of goalkicking practice played a big part in this season’s success.

“We have some goals set up in a paddock at home. I practice just about every night.”

Nunn praised all his team-mates for their workrate.

“All of the team has played really well,” said Nunn, who first played for Marong’s under-10s in 2008, a year after Gretgrix had first played for the Malone Park-based club.

Gretgrix has worked on improving his leading and kicking on his opposite side.

Marong will tackle Huntly from 1.15pm tomorrow at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.

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