ANZAC effort earns Syd Guildford nomination

By Grant Hitzman

Wilston Granges playing coach, Matt Trewhella, is the Round 3 Syd Guildford Trophy nominee, after guiding the Gorillas to a gutsy 22-point win in last Fridays ANZAC Day eve clash with Sandgate.

On a dewy night at Lemke Road, both clubs went into the game 1-1 for the season, with the ANZAC Cup and four vital competition points up for grabs.

Trewhella played an inspired role in defence that held the Hawks to just 55-points and earned him the inaugural Will Forbes/Graham Jewell Medal as best on ground.

The modest utility praised the efforts of his teammates, impressed with how the Gorillas took control of a close late game situation.

I thought we did well to hold them off and slow the ball down a bit and take that run away from them,Trewhella said after the game.

A former premiership player with South Barwon and Mansfield, the man nicknamed Trowjoined Wilston Grange in 2012, where he played senior representative football and coached the U18 Division 1 side to finals.

Elevated to the senior position in 2013 after the departure of David Martin, Trewhella is now in his second season as the Gorillas playing coach, a role which he is relishing.

Wilston Grange have been an extremely consistent Division 1 side in recent years, appearing in three consecutive Elimination Finals, falling perilously short in 2011 and 2013.

With Trewhella gaining some momentum as a second-year coach, improving as a player and building relationships with a talented list, Trowcould be the spark the Gorillas need to take their game to the next level and knock on the door of a QAFL flag.

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