Anzac clash for McGregor
Thursday, 28th April, 2016
By Peter Argent
On Monday, April 25 Lachlan McGregor played in his first SANFL ANZAC day match, when the 2015 grand finalist faced off in a rematch with West Adelaide on the pristine Adelaide Oval in front of a modest crowd.
While this was his inaugural SANFL ANZAC day clash, McGregor had previous played in four matches on this special day on the football calendar for Langhorne Creek in the Great Southern League and played his first one back home in Broken Hill during the middle of the last decade.
“Yes I now have played in six ANZAC day clashes in the different competitions,” McGregor confirmed.
“From memory the one in Broken Hill was 10 years ago in 2006 and we (Central Broken Hill) played North.
“There is a little more motivation playing in these games and a minor round clash.
“The five minutes before the match starts when they play the last post is pretty special and has the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.
“For the first 10 minutes of the game it was pretty hot and intense football.”
Woodville West Torrens went into the ANZAC Day as the vanquished, after being regarded as the best team all last season and but lost the season decider.
McGregor confirmed there wasn’t any talk from senior coach Michael Gooden or his staff about any redemption for that loss.
“As players we spoke a little about it, but in the context of this season the game was important for us getting back onto the positive side of the ledger this year from a win loss perspective,” McGregor explained.
“Going into a bye weekend, we certainly didn’t want to be two (wins) and three (losses).
“It was important to win before this bye and we actually have four weeks off in the next seven due to the draw and state games.
“I also did my ‘hammy (Hamstring) in round one, so this was my first game back.”
The SANFL ANZAC day contest was close early, with the Eagles inaccurate in front of goal, kicking 1.5 in the first term. But from that initial break, it was all the Eagles as they kicked 14 goals to two over the final three terms and won by a massive 73-point margin.
McGregor didn’t have a high possession tally, playing predominately as a small forward in this clash, but was an effective forward.
He finished with eight disposals including six kicked and slotted through a pair of majors, along with being credited with a pair of score assists.